Dirty Tricks – the Suspects

Interesting that another letter purporting again to be from an anoymous Tory backbencher gained little traction last week and has thus now appeared on the left-leaning FT. How did they get the text when ConservativeHome couldn’t? The whole thing reeks of Labour dirty tricks again and the fact it appears on Commons paper makes Guido wonder who could the author be?

The letter picks up on media angles such as “We can’t go on like this” and the continuing drip drip of bile toward Steve Hilton making the authenticy look more and more dubious. Who has a track record in this sort of thing?

Guido’s top suspects:

  • Alastair “Dodgy Dossier” Campbell
  • Tom “I ♥ Dirty Tricks” Watson
  • Damian “Gents, a few ideas…” McBride
  • David “I’m Back!” Taylor

Your suggestions welcome…




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Stephen Bush writing in the New Statesman‘s morning briefing…

“The terrifying truth is that the Opposition is too divided – within the parliamentary party, within the trades unions, within the Shadow Cabinet and even within the leader’s office – to be anything other than a veto player as far as Brexit goes, and the party’s whole gambit is really about trying to make that weakness look like a strength. Keir Starmer saying that Labour is “increasingly likely” to vote down the deal is simply a reflection of the fact that the one thing the Labour party will be able to agree on as far as Brexit goes is that Theresa May’s deal is no good.”

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