I guess we are all used to "political spin" certainly something that has taken on a life of its own in UK political circles. A friend of mine sent me the following which ilustrates 'spin' at its best - I hope you enjoy!
"Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree.
She discovered that Congressman Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in Protected content . Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.
The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory.
On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison Protected content , escaped Protected content , robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in Protected content
So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.
Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:
"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in Protected content , he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In Protected content , he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In Protected content , Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honour when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."