Some might think these guns ought to be facing the other way (metaphorically of course), but when he eventually gets round to making his long awaited statement Charles Clarke isn't going to resign. He will bombard the media with statistics on which of the freed prisoners are still at large or which are now facing immediate deportation. I understand from sources in the Home Office that of the 1023 people concerned, around 80 were convicted for serious offences like murder or rape. I also understand that there have been re-offences. It is the scale and seriousness of these which will determine the Home Secretary's fate. Our breath is baited.
UPDATE: 5.26 Nick Clegg on 5 Live is breaking the statement embargo and giving details before Charles Clarke has spoken. He'll live to regret that. The custom in these circumstances is for the Home Secretary's Private Office to fax the Conservatives & LibDems in advance so they can prepare their response. But they are not supposed to go public on it. I predict that's the last time Nick Clegg will get anything! He said there are 5 cases of serious re-offending which include drugs and violent GBH offences and an allegation of rape.