Derek Draper has always maintained that he is not funded or controlled by the Labour party. The events of this weekend have revealed a rather different picture.
As Tom Harris says in his blog:
"This is about standards of political activity, standards which have fallen far, far below what is remotely acceptable, especially for someone working at the very heart of government. "
I repeat again. Brown is at the very heart of Government. Brown knew. Brown in all probability instigated it. To try and spin that this was some "bad apple" or that the clearly delineated plans to smear the Tories was an idea that was binned, is nonsense. McBride had already cocked up big time but was never removed from Number Ten Downing Street. Brown knows exactly what McBride and others are capable of, which is why he employed them.
In their disgrace, the BBC, who you would think could sink no lower, have printed McBride's lies in full, with little attempt at balance.
Derek Draper, Labour List blogger at the centre of the email scandal, and creator of the Red Rag blog that was created as a dirty tricks blog, is funded by Unite, which also supports the Labour Party. Unite is a massive union, presided over by fat cat leaders and a former Labour spin doctor, Charlie Whelan. As Alex Hilton, staunch Labour supporter and blogger (no friend of Tories) wrote:
It was launched at Labour HQ and Mr McBride's old colleague Charlie Whelan provided Mr Draper's funding from Unite's political fund, the trade union he now works for.
They then pursued the unsustainable charade that the project was independent of the Labour Party.
It now turns out that shortly after the creation of the Red Rag blog, Draper was entertained at Chequers for lunch with the Prime Minister. Brown is up to his eye in it.