There were fun and games at the Home Office last night, when it was discovered that Justice Secretary Jack Straw was insisting on opening the Queen's Speech today on Home Affairs issues, and that the Home Secretary (technically the senior position) would be relegated to do the wind-up. It's the first time that a Home Secretary has been so ritually humiliated. Needless to say the Conservatives will be rubbing it in by putting DD up to open and Nick Herbert to wind up.
Meanwhile Jacqui Smith has written back in response to David Davis's letter about Sir Ian Blair, accusing him of being "opportunistic". That's a joke, when she released her letter to the media before she'd even sent it to DD. Who's the opportunist now then?
Back to the Queen's speech, the Parliamentary Channel were showing some highlights of yesterday and were using Charlie Falconer as a pundit. He really was rather good, and particularly catty. Upon seeing Jack Straw sans wig, he remarked: "It's like wearing pyjamas with no top". And when they honed on on Lord West of Spithead he said: "He sounds like something from the weather forecast." I reckon the only way to shut him up will be to grant him his full £100k a year pension. I'm sure no one would begrudge him it.
Post of the day is Dizzy's on why we don't need gay hatred legislation - HERE. And Our Kingdom makes the point that the 56 days debate is all about covering the Home Secretary's arse [insert sexist comment here].