Well it didn't take the anonymous smearers to start having a go at Conservative ministers, did it? Yesterday, the Mail on Sunday carried a smear story against the Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, alleging that someone, somewhere was apparently concerned about Liam Fox's so-called "partying" lifestyle. He was made out to be someone who spent half his life in nightclubs and there was an implication of some issues with alcohol. A classic smear story of which Downing Street spinners in the previous regime would have been proud. It's what they used to do to their own ministers - remember Ivan Lewis?
I would like to think that this smear story was placed by someone with no links to the government at all, but it's impossible to say for sure where it came from. I know Simon Walters well enough to know that it must have had some reasonable provenance.
Liam Fox has laughed it off and described it as ther "rufty tufty of politics". He's right to laugh it off - that's the best reaction. When I interviewed him this morning in his MoD office I told him I'd been asked to look behind the sofas for the Tequilla bottles. He roared with laughter. But he wouldn't be human if he didn't wonder who was gunning for him. Whoever it is, should be ashamed of themselves and they should realise that this sort of thing is not something anyone in the coalition should be indulging in.