Melissa Kite’s story in the Sunday Telegraph about a coming Tory reshuffle has ruffled feathers. This morning, via the indispensable Conservative Home, comes a highly personal attack on Kite from Alan Duncan who accuses her of “shoddy journalism”, “poor judgement” and tops things off with the line that, “If she really thinks this is authoritative then I doubt she will soon either enjoy much respect or access”.
Duncan’s full-frontal assault is spectacularly ill judged. Cameron is going to have reshuffle soon, even if only in response to the coming reshaping of government under Brown, and considering that Kite has great Tory contacts and a record of breaking stories she is almost certainly reporting the inside scoop on current thinking. If what she predicts comes true, Duncan will be left with enough egg on his face to make several omelettes.