Mr Steerpike’s suggestion that things could be getting so bad for Labour that they may have to call on the services of Damian McBride, based on the disgraced former spin doctor’s helpful recent interventions, has ruffled a few feathers in Westminster. A Labour source pours an ice bucket on the idea:
‘I think it’s an audition for a post-2015 role. But it’s nuts. The book killed him. It made any return a delusion. He could have apologised. Instead he was smug. Disgusting.’
We’ll take that as a maybe then. Predictably the Conservatives are gleeful at the prospect of McBride redux. A Tory source teases:
‘Labour need all the help they can get. And let’s face it McBride would do a better job than Tom Baldwin who is barely house trained.’
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