Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Reid vents fury at Home Office over prisoners fiasco

John ReidThe new Home Secretary is busy trying to spin his way out of the chaos engulfing his department by attacking his predecessors and officials:

He described the Home Office as "inadequate in terms of its scope, it's inadequate in terms of its information technology, leadership, management, systems and processes". His assessment of the government's premier domestic department raised questions as to the effectiveness of three previous Labour home secretaries, as well as four permanent secretaries, all of whom received honours.

Ah yes, like permanent secretary Sir John Gieve, whose maladministration was so great that the National Audit Office refused to certify the Home Office's accounts, and whose punishment was… appointment as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.

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