It seems Tom Watson (a minister) was copied in on all the Emails between McBride and Draper, blowing Drapers squeals of "immature jokes just between mates" out of the water.
To slightly modify Tom's famous letter to Tony Blair in 2006
It is with the greatest sadness that I have to say that I no longer believe that your remaining in office is in the interest of either the party or the country … How and why this situation has arisen no longer matters. I share the view of the overwhelming majority of the party and the country that the only way the party and the government can renew itself in office is for you to fuck off. And take that fucking idiot Draper with you
Developing but grab a copy of the News of the World and the Sunday Times tomorrow. As many others are saying....
If Carlsberg did Bank Holidays...
It's going International...
Squeal piggy, squeal
"I'm not lying on purpose"
The e-mails, seen by The Sunday Times, expose how Gordon Brown’s head of strategy and planning wrote to a Labour spin doctor proposing a campaign of unfounded personal slurs against senior Tories. The smears, many of a sexual nature, were planned as part of a strategy to “destabilise” the opposition in the run-up to the general election.The operation was designed to target David Cameron, the Conservative leader, George Osborne, the shadow chancellor, and three other Tory MPs.
The messages from Damian McBride, a long-standing Labour aide, were sent from an official No 10 e-mail address. The unfounded smears suggested: “Putting the fear of God” into Osborne by spreading rumours that he took drugs and had sex with a prostitute. Spreading rumours about the mental health of Osborne’s wife. Challenging Cameron to reveal details of an “embarrassing illness”. Accusing a gay Tory MP of promoting his partner’s business interests in the Commons.
From: Derek Draper [mailto:derekdraper@............]
Sent: 13 January 2009 18:56
To: Damian McBride
Cc: Dodgshon, Andrew; Whelan, CharlieSubject:
Re: Rag [UNCLASSIFIED] [Non-Record]
These are absolutely totally brilliant Damian.I'll think about timing and sort out the technology with Andrew this week so we can go asap.
Charlie Whelan? Drapers boss, of course.
It really is Easter