Fraser Nelson

The smears that backfired

The smears that backfired
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So what was Damian McBride planning in those emails? I can give you a glimpse of what the News of the World* has tomorrow - it's an outline of the various dirty tricks discussed by McBride and Derek Draper, and it was far more developed than what has so far been claimed. The smears - and they are just that or, as the NOTW calls them, "false malicious stories" - include:

1) That David Cameron has some embarrassing illness.

2) A smear about Frances Osborne, wife of the shadow Chancellor

3) That a certain Tory MP used his position to get publicity for a lover’s business

4) That Cameron has been accommodating Osama bin Laden in his basement.

Okay, I made the last one up. But the first three are genuine - that is, genuine figments of McBride's imagination. Just how they discussed using these stories will be in the paper tomorrow.

*Yours truly is, of course, a columnist with the News of the World. But I took this Easter off (always an invitation for political stories to break) and the Archbishop of York is kindly standing in for me.

Written byFraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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