Out on the campaign trail in Cambridge, the Lib Dem leader Tim Farron was caught inexplicably inviting voters to “smell my spaniel”.
Here is the shock footage:
Here’s Tim Farron saying “smell my spaniel”. pic.twitter.com/GSRxJ1g5wj
— Ellie Price (@EllieJPrice) April 27, 2017
“Smell my spaniel, maybe, maybe… oh, how are you? Good to see you!” he said, while the top political journalists of the nation scratched their heads. “A new Lib Dem slogan?” asked the BBC. The “catchphrase of the general election” declared the Telegraph. A new, surprisingly progressive “theological pronouncement”, was this mole’s first thought.
And he has, of course, been ridiculed online:
“And I say to all of you. Go back to your constituencies and smell my spaniel” pic.twitter.com/UqRM6H0Nzm
— Mike Pullen (@MikePullen1969) April 27, 2017
“Smell my lyrical spaniel” says Libdeminem aka The Real Tim Shady https://t.co/BVVx01hVAd
— TheIainDuncanSmiths (@TheIDSmiths) April 27, 2017
— David Yems (@DJYems) April 27, 2017
‘smell my spaniel’
‘go on then’ pic.twitter.com/rcvvCUeLqQ
— Matthew Champion (@matthewchampion) April 27, 2017
“Hi there. Wanna smell my spaniel?” pic.twitter.com/zOYOPbOFae
— David Whitley (@mrdavidwhitley) April 27, 2017
— Robin Harrison (@rharrison744) April 27, 2017
What’s going on is clear. Farron is not inviting voters to sniff his spaniel at all; he is addressing a dog. One of the activists in the huddle he is speaking to is holding a little dog wearing a Liberal Democrat rosette:
And here is said dog with Farron:
Here’s a pic of Tim Farron with the dog pic.twitter.com/hBFruJov24
— Helena Horton (@horton_official) April 27, 2017
Farron is clearly being sniffed by the dog, because he is carrying the smell of his own dog, Jasper the spaniel.
Mad dog and Englishman out fell running in the evening sun… pic.twitter.com/Yk8NGsyLSy
— Tim Farron (@timfarron) October 10, 2015
Was Farron actually commenting that the little Lib Dem pooch was sniffing its party leader because he smelt like another dog? In these uncertain times of fake news and eroding trust, let’s get our spaniel sniffing story straight.