Monday, November 23, 2009
Those Pesky Track Changes
I remember when I was working for David Davis we got a letter from the Home Secretary's office in which the track changes hadn't been deleted from the final version. The same letter had been sent to Mark Oaten's office. DD wouldn't make political capital out of it, and we rang Charles Clarke's office to tell them what had happened. Mark Oaten, who was the LibDem Home Affairs spokesman at the time and he had no such reservations. He got into the papers but suffered the consequences. Clarke sent Oaten to Coventry.
But it seems Labour haven't learned very much for the experience. In advance of George Osborne's speech on environmental taxation tomorrow, Labour's press office have given political journalists a helpful list of questions they should put to the Conservatives. Sadly, they forgot to delete the track changes. There's no great scandal in what they've deleted, even on Question 4, but it indicates a level of incompetence which seems to permeate through Labour's spin operation. At least that's what the journalist who passed this to me reckons. I'd say it's another sub-conscious sign they've given up.