GPW Hotly Tipped for Post-Coulson Downing Street

Alastair Campbell once said you have eleven days to kill a story or you’re toast. The sustained effort to keep the Coulson story going might just be enough to push it over that mythical cut off point. The Indy’s Ian Birrell is a name floating around as a replacement. He was in the running to be Dave’s official spokesman and is known to be close to the PM. However, word reaches Guido, from usually reliable sources, that George Pascoe Watson – the former Sun man, now spinning at Portland PR, is sought after by some in Downing Street, potentially replacing one former Murdoch man with another. The problem is he is currently on over twice what the PM earns, so CCHQ might have to supplement the difference…

It was often said that Coulson was merely on loan from News International. What would he do if he did return to the fold? There would be a certain irony if he were dispatched across the Atlantic to oversee the Murdoch assault on the New York Times…

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Quote of the Day

Paul Goodman as sagacious as ever on Arron’s entryism…

“… one must watch for former UKIP donors and a very few left-of-Party-centre MPs propping each other up, like drunks at the end of a pub crawl. It suits the former to claim the power to organise a programme of mass infiltration. It suits the latter to react by complaining about extremist entryism. The rest of us should keep a cool head.”


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