There's a headline TB never thought he would see on the BBC:
They are right though. Brown needs to come out and say that he didn't know about this in person. The fact he hasn't is only making what we all suspect just that little bit more likely to be true. Gordon Brown has built his career on destroying his enemies rather than standing up and fighting them at the ballot box. No one outside of his constituency, bar a few deluded students at Edinburgh University in 1972, have ever voted for this twisted master of the dark arts. Tom Watson may be vulnerable next, but lets not take our eye of the big picture. Brown may not have put it in writing, he may not have even directly referred to the RedRag blog, but to suggest that he didn't know what his closest and most trusted advisor was doing at the next desk, or at least have a vague idea of what was going on with Draper, is insulting and it will not wash.
The decision to allow Draper to come back would have come from the very top - let us not forget that Draper was a trusted Mandy/Blairite, so the decision to allow him to play such an important role would not have been taken lightly by the viciously tribal Brown and McBride. There is no doubt that Brown would have discussed general strategy with McBride and Watson concerning the internet. Maybe it was over a quiet whisky after a long day in No10, maybe anger one morning when reading a particularly heavy attack from Guido, either way something triggered No10 and the Labour high command to make a conscious decision to attack the right-wing blogosphere. Everyone knows that Brown is a control freak, the boss, the one that has the final say.
His desk is in the very middle of the nerve centre at No10 purely for this reason. Brown likes to know exactly what is going on around him and has his fingers in all the pies. He had to have known at least something about this. Like Nixon, he is now lying to the nation and that is what will be the final noose around his neck. The statements from No10 leave absolutely no wiggle room and the decision to put Byrne on the TV constantly for the last 24 hours was very foolish indeed. No wonder Watson is hiding. This lot are toast.
What did Brown know and when?