Friday, March 30, 2007

Ministry of Justice

The Home Office is to be split. Plans for this have been circulating for a while now and finally it seems about to happen. The plans don't appear to be about to solve any problems though. I applaud the splitting of policing and sentencing, but I worry that John Reid's new role will give him far more time to concentrate on foisting ID cards on us all and making sure any dodgy-looking Brazilian electricians are dealt with most severely.
I find myself in the worrying position of agreeing with David Davis (shan't happen again, I'm sure) when he says that the Home Office has been run well enough by previous home secretaries in the past when there was much more to the department's mandate. If so, then this split is a searing indictment of the abilities of Reid and his immediate predecessors; Jack Straw and David Blunkett.
It all appears to be a grand exercise of rearranging deckchairs. Whether it pays any dividends in future or not, we shall have to wait and see.

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