Labour MPs are starting to rebel against the 'no apology' line. Another Labour MP has spoken out. Parmjit Dhanda has some strong words for Gordon Brown. He, like Tom Harris, was sacked in the last reshuffle for no apparent reason.
The more I read about these e-mails, targeting not just politicians but their families, the more I can only conclude this is one of the most sordid and damaging things that have ever been produced by ‘allies’ of a Prime Minister, certainly in my lifetime.
So what happens now? Firstly, don’t underestimate the damage this will do to the body-politic in this country, so the clearer and louder the apology, the better. But beyond that, things have got to change. I know current ministers and ex-ministers who have been briefed against or ’smeared’ by people who have then been allowed to just carry on in their posts, encouraged and rewarded even.
Journalists have informed me that at the last reshuffle I got a dose of the ‘briefing’ treatment by one or two who I thought knew better too. And this is from people who are meant to be on our side! But when they brief people, they always think they’ll never get found out. They’re wrong.
Pity there aren' t more like Parmit and Tom. Oh yes, I forgot. Frank Field has a few choice words too.