I'm not obsessed by Tracey Temple, really, but the news today that she is returning to her job does fit with my thesis that she was
serving the Crown acting under orders when she turned on John Prescott (pun intended). According to the Mirror:
TRACEY Temple will keep her job at Westminster after her affair with John Prescott but will move to another department.
Tracey, who was the Deputy Prime Minister's diary secretary, will be back in work next Thursday. Her PR agent Max Clifford said yesterday: "She has still got her job. Obviously not in the same place, but the same job, same level, same position, same pay and they are keen for her to. [sic]
"I think which department is one of the things she is going to be discussing over the next couple of days."(...)
Mr Clifford said Tracey had rejected numerous media offers which would have turned her into a millionaire.
He added: "She's going to get back to her job, which she loves, and what is done is done." But she wants nothing to do with ex-fiance Barrie Williams who revealed she talked of Prezza in her sleep.
Am I the only person who had trouble believing the story about her lorry-driver lover, Barrie, hearing her sleep-talking about her rumpy-pumpy with the DPM, then him reading her diaries and text messages? No truck driver I know (not that I know any) would say things like, "I just can't believe that my darling Tracey has been sleeping with John Prescott behind my back", or "She had access to all of Prescott's offices and even recently visited his country retreat in Dorneywood, Bucks.", or "But you could have knocked me down with a feather when I realised Tracey and Prescott had become lovers". Barrie didn't realise it in 2003, 2004 or 2005 but, in 2006, just before Blair's last major reshuffle, Tracey lets slip the big secret, and Barrie heads off to the Mirror? No, I find that even more unbelievable than my original hypothesis that she worked for Security Service. (And I wouldn't be at all surprised if 'Barrie' wasn't his real name, he's not a lorry driver, and that he's actually in a similar line of work as she.)
The presence of Max Clifford in the story only adds to the intrigue. Last December I wrote a highly speculative piece, Rebekah Wade, MI5 and the G8 bombings - an hypothesis, about how the travails of Wade and her husband had distracted public attention from the Mirror's main story that day that all four July 7th bombers had been under MI5 surveillance one year before the bombing. I ended it with:
And I also wonder at the role of Max Clifford, his part in Blunkett's, and others', downfall, and his role on November 3rd, 2005 - might there be more to Max Clifford than meets the eye?