I have long advocated that the BBC, as a public service (remember public service, Aunty?) should set up a sting to reveal the full nastiness of subterranean political 'briefing' operations. Complete with high-quality recordings of Mad Al Campbell uttering lurid threats down the telephone, or Bully Balls spinning against Miliband. For balance they'd probably need to conduct one such sting per party, even though everyone acknowledges the Labour Party is far the nastiest: so for good measure we'd get Team Boris scheming against Osborne, and the who-knows-what that goes on among the LibDems. If it was done well, we'd even get TV footage.
Of course, under the great banner of 'protecting one's sources', or 'the sanctity of the Lobby system' (aka naked fear of what the bully might actually do in future), the omerta reigns supreme, and no-one has ever played back the tape of Brown being described by the Blair camp as psychologically flawed.
But all this may be about to change ! For Peter Oborne, stung by Mad Al's egregious recent claims that he was whiter than white in his days at No.10, and in particular 'always respected politicians', says that in the middle of the coming week he is going to dredge up from deep storage concrete proof of the bastard's trash-talking of Labour ministers.
Can't wait. Should liven up the Leveson debate no end, and generally add to the gaiety of the nation. Good on yer, Oborne. No last-minute failure of nerve, now ...