Gordon Brown finally apologised for the Damian McBride emails today.
Good. I hope it helps draw a line under the affair.
But one of the most nauseating aspects of the email smear plot has been the Tory reaction to it.
Paddy Ashdown's serialised memoirs in the Sunday Times at the weekend included the following extract about his "Paddy Pantsdown" episode:
"All this made life for my family even more difficult and seriously undermined my self confidence too. That, it appears, was precisely what was supposed to happen - as we discovered after the election, when we learnt that some Tories had imported a group of US activists called "the Nerds", whose job was to spread malign rumours and make unfounded personal accusations against senior opposition MPs."
"Perhaps this was done without official sanction from the top of the Conservative Party. But after the election Kelvin MacKenzie, then editor of The Sun, revealed that at least one cabinet-level Tory minister had approached him seeking to retail scurrilous and untrue allegations against a number of senior opposition MPs."
I don't know if David Cameron read that or not, but it puts a slightly different perspective on his holier than thou comments.
Did I also mention that his Director of Communications, Andy Coulson, was forced to quit his previous post as a News of the World man, after he was implicated in the small affair of the newspaper paying someone to tap into the mobile phones of senior members of the Royal Family?
As this shows, Cameron doesn't exactly surround himself with reputable characters (Coulson, Osborne, Ashcroft...the list goes on).
I am not for one moment trying to diminish the unjustifiable smears McBride was trying to spread.
But it does put things in a bit of perspective. The Tories are certainly not the innocent victims in all of this.
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