PR Week on the impact of Smeargate on No.10

PR Week on the impact of Smeargate on No.10

PR Week

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 ‘endless conference calls and crisis meetings’ since the story of McBride’s plans to smear senior Tories broke on Saturday.

The source added: ‘This is a full on disaster for Gordon – Downing Street is in meltdown. But it is more of a problem for Brown’s inner circle than it is for the Government more broadly.

‘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 Gordon’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 – until now. Now they have been caught out, it becomes legitimate to talk about all the other occasions.

‘It is a bit like getting Al Capone on his tax returns; it is actually one relatively minor misdemeanour – by no means are those emails the worst thing that Brown’s operation has ever done.’….”

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.

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