Photoshopping, dog-whistles and the election

Wonderful story in the Guardian about Ed Matts, the Tory candidate for South Devon, after the right-hand photograph appeared on his campaign literature showing him and another prominent Tory, Ann Widdecombe (aka Doris Karloff), holding placards which apparently parrot the new Tory ‘tough’ line on immigration (code for xenophobia). The only problem is that the pic is a photoshopped version of an earlier picture (the left-hand one) in which the two politicos are shown campaigning in support of a local failed asylum seeker and her family who faced deportation. Verily, you couldn’t make this stuff up.