Smear Test: Labour Trident Wriggle Room

Outraged! They are outraged! It’s all a smear! Someone mentioned the fact that Ed Miliband knifed his brother and broke his mother’s heart and Labour are feigning outrage – you hear far worse from Blairites. Leaving the hysteria aside, Labour have actually left themselves some considerable wriggle room on Trident. In between their cries of anguish…

This morning the soon-to-be peer Douglas Alexander denied that Trident was on the table for any future SNP negotiation, but then left the door open to just that:

‘Now the experts say that requires 4 submarines, we’ll review that’

Presumably they will be able to find some more “independent experts” to support their chosen view, just as they did during yesterday’s NonDominishambles, where they managed to produce just one name. A Labour member who admitted he wasn’t an economist, and then borked his own numbers. 

Of course there is a compelling post-Cold War case for scrapping Trident.

But Guido would not recommend Labour citing this particular expert

Smear and Loathing in SW7

A colleague of Victoria Borwick, the current favourite to be the next Tory MP for Kensington, denies being behind an attempt to smear a rival candidate. The rumour was put about to the media yesterday – in writing – that “George Osborne’s private office” was calling up Kensington members to pressurise them to back No. 10 Special Adviser Laura Trott. N0. 11 sources deny outright that any such calls were made.

Apparently: “The call was pretty high pressure, and when I said I wanted a local candidate not some advisor I’d never heard of I was told quite clearly that “the Chancellor needs Laura in parliament.” It’s bad form, and I don’t think many members in Kensington are going to put up with it.”

It was said to have been a woman: “she said she’s from ‘the Chancellor’s office’. I felt very pressured and like I wasn’t allowed to disagree with her.”

When Guido put it to Borwick’s people, they simply said “Victoria doesn’t want to comment.”

We report, you decide.



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