Gordon Brown's decision to veto a planned 37 per cent pay rise for prisoners was absolutely right. But what does it say about Ministers at the Ministry of Justice that they allowed it in the first place? Not a lot seems to have changed since the Prisons Directorate left the remit of the famously 'not fit for purpose' Home Office.
Of course, Brown's action has the added benefit of putting Jack Straw in his place. His 'safe pair of hands' reputation and his stature as the 'if Gordon has to go' caretaker leader have suffered a blow.