DIARY: Controversial start for Whelan as flak flies in from Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick's PA team is working hard to undermine our new

columnist, former Gordon Brown aide Charlie Whelan.

We wrote when Bernard Ingham left that we expected Whelan's attacks on

all things Blairite to draw industry comment. We weren't wrong.

CEO Colin Byrne attacked Whelan in a letter to the editor, describing

him as a 'washed-up Labour has-been'.

'How pathetic that he still sees huge issues like the single currency as

about macho posturing rather than the interests of the country,' Byrne

wrote, before twisting the knife on his old adversary: 'Go back to

crying in your beer, Charlie - if Gordon wanted you back he'd have

called by now!'

Just after Byrne's broadside, a missive arrived from associate PA

director Steve Doherty - soon to leave for Edelman, launching a twin

assault on both Bernard and Charlie.

'I was never a fan of Ingham's column. Here was an ex-political spin

doctor, used to be in Labour, now hates them, gutted at the treatment

meted out to his old boss by lesser mortals, and with an abject hatred

of Blair and Alastair Campbell. How refreshing to see him replaced with

Charlie Whelan.'


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