Re today's charges of plagiarism against Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party:
"We’ve been led to believe in the past that Stephen Harper writes his own speeches, can we assume that this was Mr. Harper’s own work?"
Once Stephen Harper's speech-writing abilities were only one aspect of his overwhelming genius. Now he palms off the job to his hacks.
What the Tory line seems to be evolving into is that a lowly staffer coughed up the speech for Harper, and therefore whatever plagiarism occurred was really their fault. Furthermore, because of the high-turnover rate among political speechwriters, their identity remains conveniently unknowable.