Some time ago I received a tearful phone call from Nadine. She had just been rung by a leading political editor who put two horrendous allegations to her. It is now clear where he got the tip-off from. The RedRag website may not have physically existed, but its content was being maliciously spread around by its putative creators. Nadine thinks that the site was planned because the newspapers wouldn't run the stories. I strongly suspect that the allegations relating to Osborne and Cameron had been doing the rounds too.
The role of Kevin Maguire, the Mirror's Associate Editor, is very interesting. It appears that he was not only copied some of the emails but was fully aware of the allegations being touted around. Guido has some tough questions to for him to answer. Maguire used to be a top journalist. Now he's just a patsy for the Labour dirty tricks machine. His blogpost yesterday is laughable. He must have been pissed when he wrote it, having vacated his millionaire mansion in Kingston to spend the Easter weekend slumming it in the north. This is his payoff line...
Just what is the truth of Cameron's alleged embarrassing complaint of a highly personal nature? I, like the drinkers in the Steamboat, Alum and Riverside, would like to know.
So far 157 comments have been left by people who regard that question as disgusting. The fact is that Maguire knows exactly what the nature of the allegation is because he was involved in the McBride/Whelan/Draper conspiracy. Over to Guido...
Funny thing is, Maguire could have had the front page scoop himself. After all - despite today’s disingenuous spin from Liam Byrne* that this was a private matter between only Damian and Derek - Maguire was very much in the know. He could have had the scoop about “Red Rag” himself, months ago. Guido has been calling Maguire all evening to ask him why he didn’t run the scoop himself, or why didn’t he advise his mate Damian against the whole idea? What a scoop Kevin could have there, eh?
Strangely Kev isn’t taking calls from Guido or any of his Lobby friends. When Guido texted our Kev a few questions, someone else called back claiming that he had a missed call from Guido. James Lyons, Kevin’s Mirror mate was the caller. Odd.
Still, no doubt some of Kevin’s fellow Lobby journalists, ruthless investigators that they are, will get the facts from Maguire. When did he know? What did he know? Isn’t that what proper journalists are supposed to ask?
A good question. Maguire normally does the Sky News Paper review on Mondays. Let's hope Steve Dixon and Andrew Pierce skewer him tonight.