Sunday, August 07, 2005

It's Serious

At first I was worried by this news story. David Blunkett and John Prescott running the government? It's the sort of thing that makes you wake up in the middle of the night with a cold sweat. (It says something about Prescott that it is a reassuring thought that Prince Charles, not Prescott, is a heartbeat away from being head of state).

However, when the official line is this, then I'm not quite so worried about Blunkett:

"I obviously have the experience and the knowledge and I help out in terms of having to take, with John Prescott, the necessary decisions in the next couple of weeks," he said.
But he insisted: "Hazel Blears substitutes for the home secretary, she is his deputy and she is doing extremely well."
On Tuesday minister Ms Blears said she, not David Blunkett, was in charge at the Home Office while Mr Clarke is away on holiday.