Saturday, April 29, 2006
Did Clarke's Junior Ministers Offer to Resign?
So far there has been little speculation over the future of the junior Home Office Ministers. There are three who could reasonably be expected to depart along with Charles Clarke, if indeed he does go in the end. Indeed, it would not be unreasonable to know if any of them have offered their resignations to Tony Blair before now. The three in question are Immigration Minister Tony McNulty (pic), Probation minister Fiona MacTaggart and Paul Goggins, who undertook Tony McNulty's role up until the last election. Cheeky chipmunk Hazel Blears looks as if she is safe. I don't like to stick the knife into Tony McNulty as he's a friend of mine, but being totally objective it's difficult to see how he could survive a Clarke resignation. Some had been tipping him for Cabinet promotion due to his combative style, but that looks a distant memory now.