“Dear Aunty, is it true that fracking supporters have been accused of paying people to attend their pro-fracking demonstrations?”
Yes, it is true dears, that accusation was levelled at supporters yesterday when Little Plumpton resident, Dianne Westgarth, told a public inquiry in Lancashire that she and her friend had been approached by someone offering them £15 to attend a pro-fracking demonstration last month.
I for one don’t believe a word of it though, poppets, and here’s why: Dianne seems to have a bit of a problem with the truth.
She’s regularly claimed that her home has been significantly devalued since fracking company Cuadrilla announced plans to drill for shale gas nearby back in February 2014. But for a start, she gets her numbers all muddled up: one minute she’s saying it was worth £750,000 then £725,000. And she’s also on record as having claimed it’s only worth £190,000 but also £150,000. That’s what happens when people are being less than truthful, they forget what they’ve said previously and eventually get caught out in their lie.
Then consider the fact that a neighbouring property, with fewer bedrooms and less land, is currently for sale priced at £775,000 http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-54396854.html
Of course, that in itself could be an outlier when you consider that other properties at the same location have all sold at much lower values in recent years http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/PR4-3PE.html
So, either Dianne’s house was valued at a similar price to her neighbour’s which is currently for sale at £775,000 – in which case you have to question her claims that the threat of fracking has wiped out property prices in the area, or why else would next door be marketing their home at the price they are? Or her house was always worth less than £200,000.
Either way, it looks as though Dianne is quite happy to bend the truth when it suits her, rendering yesterday’s accusation about fracking supporters “buying” demonstrators at £15 each null and void and discrediting her completely.
Until next time xxx