Typically, Reid is all over the place


by Sunny
25th April, 2007 at 1:33 pm    

The home secretary, John Reid, today cautioned against scaremongering over the nature of the terrorist threat facing Britain but then went on to warn about the “devastating consequences” of a potential al-Qaida assault on Britain’s financial markets and energy supplies. [Guardian]

Well there’s a surprise – John Reid makes contradictory scare-mongering statements.

Despite the high-level denials, the Liberal Democrats produced a dossier of what they said were “numerous cases” in which “Whitehall sources” had given unauthorised briefings during ongoing terror investigations.

Interesting. Does anyone know more about this dossier? Liberty issued this today:

Liberty today welcomed the condemnation of leaks to the media during anti-terror operations by the UK’s top anti-terror police chief Peter Clarke. Following extensive leaks to the media during an anti-terror operation in Birmingham in February 2007, the human rights group sent a freedom of information request to the Home Office seeking clarity on its public briefings policy. The response, due on 3 May 2007, will help Liberty to determine whether new guidance on off the record anti-terror media briefings should be established.

Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti said: “Secret off the record anti-terror briefings not only heighten public fear but also undermine police operations, prejudice fair trials and isolate communities who could provide key intelligence. There is grave danger of party politics trumping public safety considerations if political staff do indeed play a role in off the record media briefings during these anti-terror operations.”

Reid adds:

“I believe it is crucial that the home secretary wakes up and thinks about the security of the nation first and foremost every morning. That is what I do now,” said Mr Reid.

In other words, “I have no other purpose in life other than to scare you into submission”. Can’t wait until Gordon Brown shuffles him out.


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  1. David T — on 25th April, 2007 at 1:50 pm  

    Forget all that… you’ve missed the big news, Sunny.

    Are you ready?

    Liz Jones and Nirpal Dhaliwal have broken up. She has served him with divorce papers.

    Read all about it in the Standard!!!!

  2. Refresh — on 25th April, 2007 at 1:56 pm  

    For John Reid and the Blair Machine timing is everything.

    Arrests yesterday followed by the Peter Clark speen and today John Reid. Anybody would think there is an election being fought.

  3. David T — on 25th April, 2007 at 1:58 pm  

    To be frank, I think they’d have broken up eventually even if there wasn’t an election in the offing.

  4. Refresh — on 25th April, 2007 at 1:59 pm  

    For ‘speen’ read speech.

  5. Refresh — on 25th April, 2007 at 2:03 pm  

    OK – you want to talk about them!

    Can you fill us in. Who are they, how did they meet, why do you know them and why should we be interested?

    I am sure the answers could be interesting – but can’t we at least move away from this celebrity culture, where if we are not impressed by their billions (and especially if they’re Asian – Mital et al), its their weddings or breakups.

    Get a grip – show some leadership.

  6. John Reid — on 25th April, 2007 at 2:03 pm  

    Have I got news for you Sunny, I intend appointing Abu Izzadeen as the first Director General of a new Office of Security and Counter-terrorism.

  7. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 25th April, 2007 at 2:07 pm  

    Well lets just hope that he is worrying unnecessarily, but you know what? I think that it isn’t all BS, there are things to worry about and thanks to our intelligence sources, we have been very very lucky since 7/7 but it is only a matter of time.

    Fortunately our average Islamist couldn’t organize themselves into a bus queue.

    It is scary to consider that the thing that keeps us safe is that the Islamists are more incompetent than our current administration – which you wouldn’t think was that was challenge that any group could rise to, but we should feel proud that they to achieve this heady goal.

    TFI

  8. Leon — on 25th April, 2007 at 2:42 pm  

    I’m not sure a re-shuffle will provide the answer. The department seems to turn anyone running it into a little tyrant and has already been shown to be not fit for purpose. It needs radical re-structuring and quite probably splitting into two to make it more managable.

  9. Peter — on 25th April, 2007 at 3:01 pm  

    Hi Sunny

    I have a little more the Lib Dem leaks dossier on my blog (hit my name).

  10. Kulvinder — on 25th April, 2007 at 3:25 pm  

    As a related issue Lord Woolf raises a pretty important point about the lack of debate surrounding the Home Office split.

  11. Kulvinder — on 25th April, 2007 at 3:28 pm  

    Haha, i just saw this on the BBC’s news scroller.

    ‘Do as i say not as i do…or else’

  12. Katy Newton — on 25th April, 2007 at 3:45 pm  

    That IS big news! I refer, of course, to Liz Jones and Nirpal Singh. I excitedly await updates.

  13. Sunny — on 25th April, 2007 at 6:49 pm  

    Hah, David, always the first with the gossip I see! Actually a friend told me a while back they only hired Dhaliwal so they could get the exclusive when the couple split. Allegedly, who knows eh? Media rumours and all that.

  14. Ms_Xtreme — on 25th April, 2007 at 7:49 pm  

    Reid is a scatterbrain like myself. Go figure.

    :)

  15. Chris Stiles — on 26th April, 2007 at 10:02 am  

    Kulvinder -

    Steve Bell brings up that issue in his latest cartoon

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