Some thoughts about Damian McBride
13 Apr 2009
Here is Mr McBride's resignation statement in full, with my comments on it in brackets

I am shocked and appalled that, however they were obtained, these e-mails have been put into the public domain by Paul Staines. (Surely the shocking and appalling thing was not that they were put into the public domain, but that they were written in the first place.)

When Derek Draper originally suggested using a website to compete with the kind of material seen regularly on the Guido Fawkes blog, he asked me in a personal capacity to write up some of the stories doing the rounds in Westminster. (If you were asked in a personal, as opposed to official, capacity, why did you reply using an official email account?)

Derek and I decided in the end that this website was the wrong thing to do, and that Derek should not take his online efforts down to the level of Guido Fawkes and his Tory backers. (Might we see the exchange of emails that led to this conclusion?)

I have already apologised for the inappropriate and juvenile content of my e-mails, and the offence they have caused, but I did not want these stories in the public domain - it is because Paul Staines has put them there, and I am sickened that he has done so. (If he did not want these stories in the public domain, why were they emailed with a view to them appearing on a website?)

However, we all know that when a backroom adviser becomes the story, their position becomes untenable, so I have willingly offered my resignation. (The resignation was required, not because he had become the story, but because his behaviour demanded it)
It has been an absolute privilege to work for Gordon Brown and the Labour government in the Treasury and in Downing Street, they will always have my full support, and I regret any embarrassment I have caused them. (But what about the embarrassemnt he has caused the people in the emails?)





 
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