Drug traffickers passport blunder – BBC news.
There’s something very un-New Labour about John Reid. Not just something, everything, in fact. It’s not that he lacks the smooth sophistication of Blair, Mandelson and Campbell (remember them?). After all, we’ve put up with John Prescott. It’s that he makes a positive virtue out of telling it like it is, with no thought for collective cabinet responsibility, protecting his predecessors, preparing a position for the future. “The home office is not fit for purpose” he tells us. Well, yes. It should be split into two departments, he says. Sounds reasonable. Heads will roll, he indicates.
All this has the sound of a man walking into a new department at the start of a new government, ready to expose mercilessly every fault, failing and foible of his predecessors. Except, of course, as everyone knows, he came in nine years after Labour swept to power. Private Eye, in a naturally scurillous fashion, has suggested that this is because nobody has yet told him he is the Home Secretary. Indeed, his antics do more resemble an opposition Shadow Home-Secretary homing in on an incompetent cabinet minister. More