This morning's Cabinet re-shuffle has seen John Reid replace Charles Clarke as Home Secretary. Charles Clarke returns to the back benches - hooray !
Hazel Blears appears to have been moved to be Labour Party chairwoman. Who will replace her as Minister of State (Policing, Security and Community Safety) ?
What this means for the other Home Office Ministers or for the Permanent Secretary Sir David Normington, is still unclear.
John Reid is now on his 7th. (?) Ministerial position. He has only exhibited slavish loyalty to Tony Blair, without any notable achievements in any of the Departments where he has served.
As an MP for a Scottish constituency, (Airdrie and Shotts) , the "West Lothian Question" applies i.e. John Reid will be presumably making some laws which only affect England & Wales, whilst not being electorally accountable to English or Welsh voters.
He does not appear to have any grasp of complicated technical issues, as can be seen from his legacies of the complicated, insecure and hugely expensive National Health Service IT "data spine" scheme and the tradional complexities of Ministry of Defence weapons and IT systems.
We still remember his stupid utterances about ID Cards and terrorism during the General Election campaign.
John Reid is alleged to have had some role in the debate within Cabinet over the "Wilson Doctrine"
Is John Reid's self proclaimed "political tough guy" image justified, will he be the strong leader needed to effectively reform the Home Office, or, like David Blunkett and Charles Clarke before him, prove to be a combination of bullying and ineptitude ?