“Later this month, Gordon Brown is hosting a dinner to mark the unveiling of a new portrait of Margaret Thatcher. Naturally, No 10 asked the Iron Lady for the names of guests she wanted to attend. No less naturally, it was suggested by her office that the present Conservative leader should be invited. But when Downing Street heard that David Cameron was on the list, there was, I gather, a preposterous attempt to strike him off.”
This really is pathetic. Indeed, judging by the qualifications coming out of Downing Street tonight they realise just how small this makes the Prime Minister look.
Downing Street is trying to distance itself from the story. But senior Tories are backing it up.
Matt also reveals that Brown has tried to restrict the number of briefings that Owen Patterson, the shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, receives from MI5. Brown really is turning into Nixon without the wire taps.