Ben Bradshaw, the Health Minister is accused of doing the second home switch trick but also now claiming for full interest payments on a house he shares with his partner but is only obliged to pay half the interest payments on. I imagine someone will point out that straight MPs in relationships with joint mortgages wouldn't get the same attention - expect claims of homophobia from some quarters on this one.Yesterday afternoon a post appeared on LabourHome titled "Is Telegraph attack on Bradshaw homophobic?" which nmotes Bradshaw himself updating his Facebook status with,
Ben Bradshaw thinks if you doubt today's false smear of him by the Torygraph is homophobic, ask would they have written the same piece about the Camerons?It was a rather obvious thing that would happen I guess. Mind you, its a diversionary point to be making as a defence I think. Questioning the motivation of the accuser rather than rebutting what they've said is not the greatest of defences.
After all, even if the accuser is motivated by prejudice it doesn't necessarily follow that the allegation is untrue.