Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Tactical Briefing

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Tactical Briefing

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From: The Unit

To: GB

Subject: Speaking

* So--with a few reservations, obviously--think everything is going really, really well. We really feel we are neither in meltdown, which would be horrible, nor, luckily, in free fall. Our view is that we are in neither. Think everyone needs to stick to this line. Which should be easy, since it is the truth.

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* One thing we do think here at the Unit is that maybe now is the time for you once again to start to speak. Not a biggie. But the fact you have made no utterance in eight days to colleagues, friends, relations, acquaintances or allies trying to save your political life could be viewed as unnerving. We know that everyone at cabinet found it a bit creepy, and it is very disturbing when people call up to get just nothing. To hear your breathing is good--heartening--but I guess we'd all like a bit more. So if there was one message we could get into your locked office right now it would be: "Hey, let us know what's going on in that massive brain of yours, big guy!"

* Anyway, tactically, think there are a few things we can hit to get us back on the offensive:

1) Target Blairites: We know how to do this and it's easy and fun. Would really lift everyone here if you could, say, give a green light to us kicking the shit out of Fatty Clarke a bit in the Sundays.

2) Boost the Yellow Peril: Biggest poll bump for us would be Tory floaters swinging to the Sandals. …

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