Overheard in Westminster…

A new (and untried) co-conspirator emails two interesting snippets from last week. Guido has not been in a position to verify them, so…

Damien McBride, Special Adviser to the Chancellor, was overheard talking loudly to David Cracknell of the Sunday Times in the Albannach Bar on Trafalgar Square on the Friday before last. Unaware he was being listened to, he told Cracknell that plans were afoot to replace the Deputy Prime Minister with David Miliband. Lo and behold the story appeared on the front page of the Sunday Times this week. It was attributed to a Downing Street source. What Cracknell failed to tell his readers was that his source was in fact No. 11 and not No. 10 but then that would have ruined his story wouldn’t it……

Ian Austin MP, another known ‘friend’ of the Chancellor‘, let off steam to other Labour MPs this week when he moaned that the No. 10 press office, and that David Hill in particular, had ‘messed up’ the leaking of the Desmond Swayne emails. He asked if there were anymore – we assume he thought he could do a better job. What is interesting though is that words very similar to those he used to his colleagues appeared in a Telegraph piece by Graeme Wilson and attributed to a Labour source. No coincidence is my guess.

Two acts of Brownite treachery in one week – unusual or just another week in the life of Brown’s friends? The “Miliband to be DPM” story seemed like bullshit provocation as Guido remarked at the time…



Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

Quote of the Day

Boris on Osborne and Project Fear:

Unemployment has fallen by 250,000 to a new low of 4.2 per cent while record numbers of jobs have been created – including no fewer than 8 for the former chancellor and chief architect of project fear who has become a glorious living rebuttal of his own preposterous warnings.”

Sponsors

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.
US Ambassador on Sadiq US Ambassador on Sadiq
Question Time’s £450,000 Gender Pay Gap Problem Question Time’s £450,000 Gender Pay Gap Problem
Riot Convicted Bastani on “Public Nuisance” Riot Convicted Bastani on “Public Nuisance”
Press Gallery Welcomes: Thornberry Press Gallery Welcomes: Thornberry
Labour Candidate on “Holocaust Mongers” Labour Candidate on “Holocaust Mongers”
Lansman to Discuss Corbyn Anti-Semitism “Smears” in Israel Lansman to Discuss Corbyn Anti-Semitism “Smears” in Israel
WATCH: May Speech Brings About Policy Exchange Collapse WATCH: May Speech Brings About Policy Exchange Collapse
Tories Make Sick Labour MP Vote in Wheelchair Tories Make Sick Labour MP Vote in Wheelchair
Leaked Emails Show DfT Lied About Northern Rail Leaked Emails Show DfT Lied About Northern Rail
Alan Sugar Tries to Get Sacked from BBC Alan Sugar Tries to Get Sacked from BBC
May Considers Asking to Stay in Single Market for Goods May Considers Asking to Stay in Single Market for Goods
Smith Must Hold Firm Against Grieve Smith Must Hold Firm Against Grieve
Eurotunnel: Don’t Buy Border Scaremongering Eurotunnel: Don’t Buy Border Scaremongering
CCHQ Defaced With Anti-Heathrow Graffiti CCHQ Defaced With Anti-Heathrow Graffiti
Labour Parliamentary Candidate Distances Herself From Rothschilds, ‘Zion Scum’ and ‘Fake Jews’ Tweets Labour Parliamentary Candidate Distances Herself From Rothschilds, ‘Zion Scum’ and ‘Fake Jews’ Tweets
Saj: Time to Review Scheduling of Cannabis Saj: Time to Review Scheduling of Cannabis
Sally Bercow: We’re Not Packing Bags Yet Sally Bercow: We’re Not Packing Bags Yet
Shouty Cracker Lord Moat’s Mask Slips Shouty Cracker Lord Moat’s Mask Slips
Jolyon’s Mystery £100,000 Donor Jolyon’s Mystery £100,000 Donor