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