Who can Paul Nuttall blame for calling Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood 'Natalie'?

Who can Paul Nuttall blame for calling Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood 'Natalie'?

The UKIP leader kept calling Leanne Wood 'Natalie'

Friday, May 19, 2017

Paul Nuttall made an amusing gaffe during last night's ITV Leaders Debate (well some would argue he made several, but one in particular stuck in our mind).

For reasons unknown, he kept calling Leanne Wood 'Natalie'. 

The leader of Plaid Cymru even corrected him once, but he still made the mistake. 

The UKIP leader's never been slow to blame others in the past. But who can the UKIP leader blame for this latest embarrassing faux-pas?

We have a few suggestions, based on what he's done in the past:

1. Press Officers

Paul Nuttall has been happy to blame press officers in the past. In the wake of the false claims he had lost “close, personal friends” in the Hillsborough disaster, he pinned the blame on his press officer Lynda Roughley, for writing the offending press releases. However, he did admit he should have known what was going up on his website.

Roughley subsequently resigned, so maybe there's a new press officer to carry the can. We don't know.

2. Researchers

In 2016, the UKIP leader claimed on his personal LinkedIn profile he had a PhD in History from Liverpool Hope University in 2004. But the university didn’t become a ‘university’ until 2005.

Nuttall blamed this on an “overly-enthusiastic” researcher. We’re not really sure how we can spin this one though, to be honest. There’s only so much enthusiasm you have to have in order to get someone’s name wrong.

3. Books

In the 2015 election campaign, Nuttall posed in a library as part of a promotional shoot for his role as an education spokesman.

However, two books were exactly the same, and it appeared the image had been poorly photo-shopped. Nuttall's response was to claim he had two copies of every book, which throws up an interesting possibility - maybe he was researching the names of his fellow debaters and picked up the wrong book when looking for Wood's name.

4. Ex-girlfriends.

Nuttall once blamed a girlfriend for mistakes made in a college essay, in which he referenced the Holocaust denier David Irving.  

Maybe his ex-girlfriend was called Natalie? Or maybe they were once having a conversation about Welsh politics and she name-checked a 'Natalie Wood'? 

Again, it seems unlikely. But with Nuttall, nothing can really be ruled out completely.