Politics and dirty tricks are natural bedfellows and no side is ever squeaky clean.Well as long as it wasn't registered to the domain labourmanifesto.co.uk in an attempt to spoof Google searches.
Or use paid for ads to get it to the top of such searches.
Ah, about that... Yeah, awkward.
It does appear to have become more toxic (and moronic) in recent years though. Social Media has a lot to do with it, but also, as you say, the human touch and stupidity never lets us down!
Some of the so-called ‘Special Advisors’ should be sued under the Trade Descriptions Act.