Make of this what you will
One of the more off-beat places to look for information about life in No. 10 since the Brownite take-over has been the trade magazine PR Week which has much to chew over in its latest edition.
David Singleton writes: “…One Downing Street insider said there had been â€˜endless conference calls and crisis meetingsâ€™ since the story of McBrideâ€™s plans to smear senior Tories broke on Saturday.
The source added: â€˜This is a full on disaster for Gordon â€“ Downing Street is in meltdown. But it is more of a problem for Brownâ€™s inner circle than it is for the Government more broadly.
â€˜The great fear of Brownites is that all of their activities over many years are suddenly now at risk of spilling out. It is an open secret that Gordonâ€™s operation has been carrying out character assassinations, leaking documents and briefing against ministers and so on, but nobody has ever caught them red handed â€“ until now. Now they have been caught out, it becomes legitimate to talk about all the other occasions.
â€˜It is a bit like getting Al Capone on his tax returns; it is actually one relatively minor misdemeanour â€“ by no means are those emails the worst thing that Brownâ€™s operation has ever done.â€™….”
On the betting front, meanwhile, William Hill Politics has reopened its Jacqui Smith surviving 2009 market. It’s 1/2 that she’ll “..cease To Be Home Secretary in 2009?”. That looks like a good bet.
South Africa poll update
ANC 65%, DA 11, COPE 9, IFP 3 – more details on PB2