I equate spinning with lying as you cannot do one without the other. Some famous spinners in history,
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Our task, your task... is to try to connect the dots before something happens. People say, 'Well, where's the smoking gun?' Well, we don't want to see a smoking gun from a weapon of mass destruction.
There are a lot of people who lie and get away with it, and that's just a fact.
As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.
—Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing.......Rumsfeld Classic.
Pity he has a Scottish first name.
FROM TODAYS MEDIAWATCH.
The big question surely is:
Their remarks were echoed by Conservative leader David Cameron, who said only a change in government would transform the culture at the heart of No 10.
Mr Field, who was social security minister under Tony Blair, launched the most scathing attack, saying:
"There are two sides to the Prime Minister's character – there is this very civilised, generous, informed side, and there is this other side which is about controlling people.
"And I find it amazing that somebody who puts so much emphasis on controlling people was not more in control of Downing Street."
Damian McBride, Mr Brown's former special adviser, resigned on Saturday. Mr Field said: "Mr McBride thought he was doing his master's bidding."
The senior back-bencher also said MPs had nothing to do as the government had no legislative programme to speak of. He asked how, ahead of a general election, "you can smear your opponents rather than put all your effort going into reviewing what we have done in last 12 years".
Meanwhile, Mr Milburn, a former health secretary, said he felt "sick to his stomach" about the contents of the e-mails. "It is morally unacceptable and it has inflicted huge damage on the Labour Party and the Labour government," he said.
"In politics, we are all used to cut and thrust … (but] what has happened really does plumb new depths."
Former transport secretary Mr Byers said it was "time for Mr Brown to demonstrate that he is focused on developing and implementing policies that will meet the challenges that face us".
He went on: "To dismiss the incident as juvenile, which was the first reaction of Downing Street, totally missed the point and failed to recognise the extent of the hurt and offence caused."
Mr McBride, a close adviser to the Prime Minister for almost a decade, resigned after admitting that he had sent "juvenile and inappropriate" e-mails from his Downing Street account to former Labour spin doctor Derek Draper.
In the private messages, the two men discussed setting up an "attack blog" called Red Rag that would spread unfounded gossip about senior Conservative figures and their families. The Prime Minister wrote to all those smeared in the e-mails, expressing "deep regret" over the affair. Mr Brown accepts all the suggested gossip was untrue.
He also promised to tighten the rules for special advisers but failed to offer the sort of personal apology those involved felt they were owed.
The intervention by three former ministers, who have all fallen out with the Prime Minister over the past decade, signals a breaking of the ceasefire between Labour's two "tribes".
It also underlines the tensions behind the scenes between them and Mr Brown. Another ex-minister, Charles Clarke, a former home secretary, was first to call for Mr McBride to go.
There has been widespread Labour dismay over the e-mails, with back-benchers lamenting that they had brought the whole party into disrepute.
Meanwhile, Downing Street again tried to draw a line under the scandal yesterday.
Mr Brown's official spokesman said the Prime Minister had been "furious" when he found out about the breaking story last Friday, and added that Mr McBride had received no severance pay.
"There is a huge amount of frustration that the way this story has panned out has made it more difficult for the government to explain the action it is taking to deal with the big issues facing the country," the spokesman said.
"We had the G20 meeting just a few weeks ago, we have an important Budget coming up next week, and that is the focus of the Prime Minister's attention."
Mr Cameron intensified the pressure on Mr Brown by suggesting he was personally caught up in the e-mails scandal.
"What this whole episode demonstrates is the need for change," the Tory leader said. "Not change in the special advisers' code but change in the culture at No10 Downing Street.
"I do not think we will get a change in culture until we get a change in leadership, and we won't get a change in leadership until we get a change of government."
Angus MacNeil, the SNP's Scotland Office spokesman, said:
"Gordon Brown needs to find his much trumpeted moral compass, issue an unreserved apology and draw a line under Downing Street's dirty politics."
But Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, jumped to the Prime Minister's defence, denying that he had a "dark side" and insisting that he came into politics for the "right reasons".
"He's not someone who thinks that the politics of innuendo is how you win elections," he said.
He also said he had never seen any sign of Mr McBride being a mastermind of dirty tricks when he worked with the former special adviser at the Treasury.
• SENIOR Conservatives are pushing for an inquiry by the country's top civil servant into the "smeargate" affair.
Sir Gus O'Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary who is head of the civil service, was yesterday considering calls for an investigation.
Francis Maude, the shadow Cabinet minister, has also demanded to know whether any ministers knew about the plans for an attack blog from Labour called Red Rag.
Tom Watson, the Cabinet Office minister and prolific Labour blogger, last night issued a statement through lawyers insisting that he had no knowledge or involvement about the proposal.