Following the Sharon Gould fiasco, (in which former peasant revolutionary now Quadrant editor Keith Windschuttle was hoaxed into publishing, well, anything, so long as it suggested a grand scientific conspiracy in favour of climate change) has the dreaded green machine claimed another Tory editorial scalp?

A couple of weeks ago Matthew D’Ancona departed the editorial chair of The Spectator after three-and-a-half years, a resignation universally seen as being forced on him. The Spectator has lost sales -- overall circulation is down about 2.5% from 80,000 to 76,000 -- with 16,000 of that figure being comp, giveaways and heavy-discount copies.