Nadine Dorries has just been on BBC Breakfast about the McBride affair and she appears to have moved the "Smeargate" story forward just a bit. She has just told BBC News that she was contacted by the nationals some time ago about the smear against her.
The implication appears to be that someone may have already begun trying to push the smears into the mainstream. This kind of flies in the face of the "they never saw the light of day" line that we've been told over the weekend.
Who was responsible for pushing the story to the nationals? Was it McBride? Could it have been Draper? Might it have been McBride desk buddy Tom Watson? Seems to me this story may very well have more to come.
It's also worth noting that Charlie Whelan was included on these emails. Who was it that paid for the registration the Red Rag smear domain? After all, Unite provide backing for Draper and Whelan works for Unite doesn't he? Thus far he has remained silent for some reason.
Update: Guido notes Nadine's said the same on GMTV before BBC News.