A BIT more angst in Camden’s Labour group through Saturday. Party whips are on the trail of the author of a new email sent to councillors with maddening fury at recent ‘leaks’ and suggesting where they came from. Members have been told not to give the message, written by someone who describes herself as a Labour group member angry at ‘cowards’ in the group, any credence.
On the subject of leaks, the word itself is spiky, don’t you think? Sounds like we are dealing with the disclosure of a secret recipe for an A-bomb. It’s not that grand and it’s not as if Labour politicians at all levels haven’t used whispered phone calls to news editors for their own ends every now and then. Briefings sounds a much nicer word. I’m sure that’s the term Labour’s spin doctors would have used under the Blair years when some ministers apparently learned most about what their department was up to by reading the papers.