So, what you're saying is that because it's on a government computer, it's okay for a member of staff to leak it?
If the leaker thought that it was inappropriate, they should have notified a senior civil servant, not Guido Fawkes. Clearly, what they actually thought was "what's the maximum damage I can do to a political party I don't like?"
It's either okay to misuse your employer's IT systems or it isn't. You can't have it both ways. If it isn't okay, then the leaker should also be sacked along with McBride. You can't go leaking information from Downing Street and expect to get away with it.
Who owns the government IT kit? The people supposedly elected to represent the voters of England. And where do they get their power from? The same voters who pay for them and their kit, through taxes etc.
What if the 'leaker' was a member of ZaNew Labour who believes in fighting fairly and honestly - unlike most of the higher echelon appear to do. Tony Bliar got the party elected since he CLAIMED they were a party without 'sleaze', but since then we have had a near-constant stream of ZaNew Labourites getting caught either breaking the rules or 'merely' bending them so far out of shape they look to be made of soft rubber. Affairs in Parliamentary offices, suspect claims on expenses, crying "Foul" whenever another dodgy deal or "selective application" of rules is exposed, dodgy funding of Party activities and campaigns...
By going to a "senior civil servant' all the leaker really guarantees is that his or her name ends up on a sh-1-t list somewhere and they get ruined while the bad guys get away scott free again.
We *DO* need people like the Guido Fawkes team who "leak" the dirty little secrets that the party in power want to hide. What would happen if it came election time and ZaNew Labour played the "Tory Sleaze" card again, but nobody had leaked what Bliar's and Brown's bunch of mobile misdemeanours had been getting up to, what would happen?
WRT leaking information and getting away with it, what makes Downing Street any different from anywhere else? If Person A suspects that Person B is doing wrong, then surely they should report it? And in this case, Person B was a direct advisor to the senior civil servant (ha! there's a laugh!) in the country, so merely reporting it direct to the chain of command would do no good whatsoever.
If any politician breaks the rules then they should be punished, regardless of which party they belong to; "I didn't know" or "I was only following orders" don't cut it in the private sector, so why the hell should politicians think they can get away with it?
Oh, and New Labour's aims? Hold onto power as long as possible, by any means possible. If Gordon Brown had called an election last year, he might have got away with it. But by hangning on as long as he possibly can, he's just giving the voters more and more reasons to kick the Labour Party out again. I'm just waiting for the "terrorist threat" to get to the point where it will not be safe to have a General Election and we end up with a "President For Life"...