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The hardest word [Apr. 14th, 2009|10:05 am]
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Cautious optimism in the Government today that the Damian McBride "dirty tricks" affair is finally blowing over, after leading the news bulletins and dominating the front pages in Gordon Brown's Easter horribilis. The message from the Tories is that Brown shouldn't count his chickens. They don't want the scurrilous rumours about senior Tories to be recycled but they naturally want to prolong Brown's embarrassment. You can't blame them. How would Labour have reacted if the boot had been on the other foot?
Nadine Dorries, the Tory MP and one of the victims of Labour's proposed but aborted smear campaign, has said today she is not happy with the letter she has received from Brown. Although he said what happened was "a matter of great regret", Dorries pointed out that he has not said sorry. She called his letter, calling for a tightening of the (already tight) code of conduct for special advisers like McBride, a piece of "spin on paper."
Funny how our old friend "sorry" seems to pop in every political controversy, isn't it? Brown has never been very good at using the S-word. Perhaps he should make an exception given the gravity of this affair and go one step further. I suspect it's not quite over yet.

From: jasmine668
2009-04-14 10:28 am (UTC)

A matter of great regret


Andrew, isn't it strange how every Labour supporting journalist or newscaster says the PM said "a matter of great regret" and then does not say what the regret was about ! The PM regretted Labour were found out I think and he is desperately trying to make out he knew nothing and the code of conduct was at fault. He doesn't say he regrets the pain suffered by those who had stories invented by Labours head of policy who he appointed, he doesn't say he regrets not sacking his chum McBride (he eventually resigned). Instead the PM sends out Blears, Johnson, Pound etc. to state repeatedly that he acted properly. A rotten government which journalists should start to hold to account a lot more.