Earlier today I said what a nice bloke Home Office Minister Tony McNulty is. That's as may be but he's a leading light in a government department which is shambolic and incompetent. So far as I can see its incompetence isn't anything recent - it stretches back a long way, but whatever the situation was in 1997 this lot have had ten years to get it right.
The latest shambles revolves around people convicted of sex offences abroad not being put on the sex offenders register. That's something they can't even try to blame the Conservatives for. It's happened on their watch and they'd better take responsibility for.
In the end this is all about leadership. Jack Straw failed to provide it, David Blunkett tried (I am currently reading his diaries) but in the end failed and Charles Clarke was, in the end, overwhelmed. John Reid will make a statement at 12.30pm today and I hope he will be torn apart by David Davis. This is no time for any pussyfooting by the Opposition. Davis should rip him apart, from ear to toe and then devour him for his lunch.