Daily Mail readers apparently need pictures. So the paper's report on the sentencing in the A4e fraud case comes with lots of pictures, including two of Emma Harrison. But accuracy, not a quality conspicuous in the Mail at any time, has deserted it today. Harrison is called "David Cameron’s millionaire former jobs tsar". Er .... no. She was "family champion", which meant little. They do acknowledge this later, but it doesn't excuse the initial lazy mistake. Then, after an accurate account of the sentencing - they couldn't really get that wrong - there's a box entitled "How the Mail exposed fraud against taxpayers". "The scandal of the massive taxpayer fraud at A4e was exposed by the Daily Mail three years ago," they say. They do talk about the whistle-blowers, but the claim that it was the Mail which exposed the fraud is ludicrous. The whole story of Harrison's downfall is re-told.
Let's not allow the Mail to re-write history. Yes, it was their story which brought the £8.6m payout to the attention of many more people than had read this blog, Private Eye, the Guardian or the Telegraph. The reports they ran for nearly a week were probably responsible for Harrison's humiliation. But the Mail didn't "expose" anything.