Increased BNP support with the Tories hot on their trail: the timing couldn’t be worse for the current cabinet to experience mishap after mishap.
The past week has seen Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, getting booed universally in response to massive job losses at the UNISON conference earlier this week. The Deputy Prime Minister has added a mistress to his list of ministerial faux-pas and not wanting to be left out, the Home Secretary has found himself begot with his own incompetence.
I’m very much in agreement with the Times, which says the scandals have “left the collective impression of a government that is out of touch in the first case, astonishingly incompetent in the second and morally unhinged in the third“, and the Guardian lead article.
The Home Secretaryâ€™s admissions will damage the Governmentâ€™s record on law and order and immigration but Mr Clarke insisted that he would not resign over the 1,023 foreign national offenders who were freed without being considered for deportation.
“We simply didnâ€™t make the proper arrangements for identifying and considering removal in line with the growth of numbers that were there,” he said.
Among the total were three murderers, nine rapists and five paedophiles. Another seven had served time for other sex offences, fifty-seven for violent offences and two for manslaughter. There were also 41 burglars, 20 drug smugglers, 54 convicted of assault and 27 of indecent assault.
Boris Johnson has asked the question on everybody’s lips:
“How can such unbelievable lassitude afflict a government that is supposed to be tough on crime? The answer, of course, is that the Government is not so much interested in being tough on crime, as in being seen to be tough.”
Comments on how to help the cabinet would be most welcome.
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