Tony Blair refused yesterday to accept the conclusions of the High Court judge who ruled that the postal voting system was "wide open to fraud".
The prime minister declared: "Overall, the postal voting system is no more prone to fraud than other electoral systems."
Of course, that rather depends on the other electoral systems with which he was making the comparison.
Nevertheless, there is absolutely no truth in the rumour that L'escroc is sending observers over to the UK election - to pick up tips. And his spokeshomme definitely did not say that the French authorities already had enough experience of rigging referendums and had nothing to learn from the Zanu Labour Party.
Robert Mugabe has been allowed to attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II, despite an EU ban on travelling to EU states, imposed after accusations of vote-rigging in the disputed presidential election of 2002.
Presumably, Tony Blair is being allowed to attend on the same basis.