Is the trail leading to Ed Balls? It seems that it was more than James and myself who found his "Damian who?" interview on Radio Four outrageously implausible. It was enough to have someone inside No10 tell all to Isabel Oakshott from the Sunday Times. It was Balls, he says, who recruited McBride from the backwater of the customs and VAT division. And Balls who started using McBride as a personal spin doctor.
I say in my News of the World column that Balls would use the Thatcher Room in No10 to chair those political meetings on Wednesday afternoon, which McBride would often attend. The more Balls fakes ignorance of the dirty tricks strategy, the more people inside Labour and No10 will be inclined to tell it how he was the dirty tricks Godfather. The truth has a habit of coming out, as I suspect Balls will very soon find out.