David Singleton, over at PR Week, has the inside scoop on how Labour are going to play “Hackgate”:
One senior Labour source in regular contact with Gordon Brown's inner circle told PRWeek: ‘Cameron wants to present himself as the man who's going to clean up politics. That's going to be difficult if the public think his right-hand man is a complete sleazeball.'
Another Labour insider said that senior party figures had been thrashing out a strategy to target Coulson since the news emerged yesterday. The source said the aim was have Coulson ‘wounded, but still there'.
PM Gordon Brown is believed to be especially keen to target Coulson, who he blames personally for a number of Tory attacks on his character, including branding the PM a ‘ditherer'.
There is no question now that Coulson WILL become the story. The last thing Cameron needs is to play Labour’s games. He should cut Coulson loose and do it soon.