Jacqui Smith's evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committe yesterday contained a rather shrill attack on her Conservative opposite number, David Davis. She really ought to know better. As a Tory MP said to me this morning: "It's like poking a sleeping alligator in the eye."
Talking of Ms Smith, I am still at a loss to understand her strategu regarding police pay. Why cause all this upset for the sake of £30 million? It's already budgeted for and her failure to honour the pay award has done more damage to government-police relations than anything in living memory. Yet another sign of Home Office incompetence.