Those who look in regularly on Zelo Street will have noticed that the odious flannelled fool Henry Cole, tame gofer to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog, had recently undergone a change from rotund slob to mere stuffed shirt, shedding a rumoured two stones in weight as a result. At the time, the thought entered as to what caused him to break with Staines on waistline strategy.
Ah, the forced rictus grin of Master Cole
It now transpires that the answer was not what, but who: despite Staines telling Esquire magazine last year that “In fact, I want Harry’s life. He gets to shag all the girls, he’s famous in Westminster, he’s not badly paid and he half does it all for fun anyway”, Master Cole has, so I’m told, recently restricted himself to one partner, which may be good news for her, but potentially awkward for her employers.
[UPDATE 20 January 1615 hours: normally, phone and email conversations remain confidential, but where Master Cole is concerned, he long ago forfeited that privilege, on the occasion when he dishonestly, and maliciously, invented a wholly defamatory story claiming that I had been banned by the Huffington Post UK.
So I can now reveal that the flannelled fool took grave exception to this post, which was conveyed via a supremely intemperate phone call yesterday, and backed up with an email which veered from the bullying to confirmation that Cole conforms all too often to Olbermann's Dictum ("the right exists in a perpetual state of victimhood").
Demands were made to know my sources (ho yus). Recourse to instructing lawyers was suggested if I failed to do as he demanded by an imaginary deadline (yawn). Claims regarding copyright were used as a smokescreen (yes, someone from the Fawkes blog got all righteous about copyright). And I was told in no uncertain terms that I had "jeopardised" someone's professional standing.
There was, as Captain Blackadder might have said, only one thing wrong with this idea: it was bollocks. This post contains nothing that anyone at CCHQ, or elsewhere, does not already know. So the question has to be asked as to why Master Cole protested far too loudly about a blog post which says nothing that is particularly contentious about any of those mentioned.
When there is more clarity on that front, I will post further - whether the flannelled fool wants me to or not]