A good keen man, Ctd

The revelations coming from Damian McBride’s book are still reverberating throughout the UK. The more that is revealed the more I like the sound of him.

In a book, timed to cause maximum damage by being published during the Labour conference, Mr McBride has disclosed how he destroyed the careers of New Labour Cabinet ministers by using smears and lies, and disclosing details of their private lives.

He also described “logging into” Mr Brown’s government email account to access official secrets.

On Saturday night Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, raised the prospect of a criminal investigation into his conduct.

Mr McBride said he discredited the former prime minister’s enemies by tipping off the media about drug use, spousal abuse, alcoholism and extramarital affairs.

In one case, he disclosed that Tony Blair’s wife was being investigated by Customs.

Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor and a close aide to Mr Brown before he was prime minister, described Mr McBride’s dirty tricks operation as “vile”, but insisted he knew nothing about it.

He said: “He was a law unto himself, it now seems.” 

If only our media would look into our ratbags…especially high profile wife beaters.

What I can’t work out is why people are people so naive to think politics is hugs and cuddles…of course they lie and smear it is not tiddlywinks. I reckon this McBride fellow would be a handy bloke to have in a stoush, you certainly don’t want anyone who goes wobbly just when the pressure goes on.

However, a Labour source who knew both men said: “You can criticise Ed Miliband for many things but running a Damian McBride-style smear operation isn’t one of them.”

Mr Miliband has denied any involvement in attempts to smear opponents.

Sook, he will get run through then.

Mr McBride also admitted to ruining the careers of former home secretaries Charles Clarke and John Reid.

He admitted that he helped force Mr Reid to quit the Cabinet by leaking details about his “drinking, fighting and carousing”.

He confesses that he punished Ivan Lewis, then a junior minister, for criticising Mr Brown by leaking claims that he had been “pestering” a female aide. These claims were completely denied by Mr Lewis.

A good game plan.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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