Good luck to David Blunkett, who we have always had a measure of respect for, despite our constructive criticism of the detail of many of the authoritarian, wasteful and technologically inept policies and systems which he has promoted. He certainly managed to run rings around the feeble Parliamentary Opposition.
We look forward to Charles Clarke as the new Home Secretary, although we do not anticipate that this will make much difference to the Government's legislative plans, such as the dubious Identity Cards Bill which will start to be debated on Monday.
Charles Clarke's final comment to the BBC in his interview about his acceptance of the post of Home Secretary was: "I strongly believe in ID cards", and he promised "continuity" with David Blunkett's policies. Taken at face value this is disheartening news, but, we are sceptical about politicians' promises of any sort.
It is ironic that the Shadow Home Affairs spokesman David Davis does not seem to be set to resign on principle, despite his alleged misgivings about Identity Cards, over which the current Tory leader Michael Howard has sold out supposedly fundamental Conservative core beliefs in smaller government, less bureaucratic waste and the protection of personal civil liberties.