- More proof, as if any were needed, that Charles Clarke is a fucking tool:
"The Prime Minister was elected earlier this year in a very strong election result. He said he would go before the end of this Parliament - that means by May 2010 - and he will go towards the end of the Parliament.So, you know, just spring a new, untested leader on the public right before a general election, giving them no chance to formulate their own policies, appoint their own people to the positions they want, or to allow the public a chance to get used to them? Genius.
"I would urge him myself to stay right up towards the end of the Parliament"
(Although actually, considering the Tories are still likely to be fucked by 2009/10 and the voting system won't have been reformed, Labour could put a donkey in a leotard up for PM and still get in with a majority - maybe Clarke's got a point after all...)
Update: More guff on this at the Guardian - vaguely interesting, actually, which makes a change from the usual Blair vs. Brown stuff that gets churned out whenever any paper's got space to fill...
Update 2: For fuck's sake - won't somebody rid me of this troublesome Home Secretary? It would appear that he's now proposing to execute every single teenager in the country - that's the only way I can envisage that he'll be able to "eliminate disrespect and antisocial behaviour". What a twat.