On each of the last three weekdays the newspaper formerly known as The Daily Torygraph has been causing big headaches at CCHQ.
On Friday it gave massive attention to a YouGov opinion poll – a lot of the data for which was already a week old. That week had included the energetic Cameron offensive on crime and social breakdown. The Telegraph talked of a landslide Tory defeat.
Yesterday The Telegraph gave Gordon Brown celebrity treatment on the back of an interview he gave to the newspaper. A front page splash was accompanied by a two page spread by new political editor, Andrew Porter. That spread included large pictures of a laughing Gordon Brown and a very prime ministerial portrait shot.
Today’s Telegraph has given headline coverage to Michael Ancram’s untimely intervention. A leader in today’s Telegraph – ‘Tories must rediscover their core principles’ – concludes: "What is at stake is more than the next election: it is the survival of the Conservative cause itself and the values that it embodies."
The next election is not a referendum on David Cameron. It is a choice. A choice between a Conservative leader who is beginning to get his message right and a Labour Prime Minister who has increased tax to record levels, presided over the defeat in Basra and denied people a vote on the EU Treaty. Why is The Telegraph giving Mr Brown so much comfort?
Related link: Cameron cannot win without The Mail, Telegraph and Express writes Nick Wood in his new Spin Wars column for ConservativeHome.
8.30pm update: Patience Wheatcroft has resigned as Editor of The Sunday Telegraph (Guardian).