10 Downing Street, London - (AssoCIAted Mess): A silky-smooth and highly polished Metropolitan Police counter-intelligence operation is in full swing as UK security/intelligence agencies home in on the latest parvenu that Cherry Bush QC has tried to install in Downing Street as her official gate-keeper to PM Tony Blair's key-master Chief-of-Staff Jonathan Powell.
Martha Greene, a US-born Marylebone restaurateur, has ostensibly replaced Cherie's erstwhile lifestyle guru Carole Caplin after a string of disastrous property deals brokered by Caplin's ex-lover Peter Foster revealed his seminal career as a serial fraudster - qualifications that many would say are the exact qualities that first attracted Cherie to the business venture in the first place.
But Caplin was soon ousted by Whitehall police who rescinded her get out of jail free card-cum-No 10 Downing Street security pass after ex-Home Secretary David Blunkett was forced to admit that he had expunged her criminal record 'in a blind rage' following a moment of unguarded idiocy when caught in flagrente delicto with US booby-prize publisher Kimberley 40A Quinn.
Now Greene, an oleaginous operator credited with the success of Cherie's staggeringly mediocre trans-atlantic lecture tours, appears to be the focus of the bribes-for-honours police investigation that nailed the Prime Monster's racket partner Michael Levy earlier this month.
Sources close to the corridor of power in Whitehall have been hinting like mad for the last fortnight that Greene is the bastard-sister of Blair's C-o-S Powell and a key component in the nerve centre of communications between the Blairs, their Riggs Bank-financed Skull 'N' Bones sponsors and political mentors in the United States and the coterie of bent coppers, spooks and military intelligence officials that were left covertly in situ after former PM John Major was busted on treason charges in late 1996.
This week the UK cops launched a series of high-profile "Knacker of the Yard was a Bent Copper" stories focusing on20 year old unsolved murders, rapes, extprtions, perversions of the course of justice and other delights that keep the Met occupied full time.
As a counter-intelligence offensive this is a blinder.
But the bent spooks and cops who have made sure Cherie's little playmates enjoy the fullest personal patronage are quaking in their size thirteens as the heat is turned up on Michael Levy and more dodgy bankers committ aparent suicide in the city.