Labour’s pathetic efforts to counter the power of the blogs that criticise this ghastly regime has now done them grave damage. Those of us who deal with this government day after day know that senior figures who should be devoting most of their time to running the government devote disproportionate amounts of time to trying to trip up, misquote, or twist the words and actions of their opponents. I have had to waste a lot of time trying to correct false interpretations of what I have said and written about handling the banking crisis and financial regulation. Senior Ministers waste their time misquoting and spreading false accounts.
Now we see that this conduct is also there at the centre of the Downing Street operation. The resignation of a senior aide may deal with this specific set of problems, when they went over the top in thinking about trying to create a Labour website people might want to read by peddling malicious gossip about senior Conservatives.
It should lead to questions about how the dividing line between raw politics and government is drawn at the heart of this government. All officials paid for by taxpayers other than elected politicians should not be undertaking any political work, and should not be trying to twist or trick the Conservative opponents of their bosses. They are paid to design and implement policies that can improve our lives, not to design anti Tory websites or fuel the juvenile soundbites which they think is a fair substitute for being properly accountable to Parliament.
It is good news this time they have been found out. There are many more cases where they have failed to observe the traditions and conventions of British government, and have failed to perform their duty to tell us what they are doing and to defend their actions without resort to unpleasant and misleading spin.
This time it appears the way they smear individuals has gone too far and at last the media might shop some of the backstairs briefers who dare not go on the record with the lies and misleading statements.