The drug dealers fleeing overseas highlights one of the most important issues relating to law making and something that Labour seem to have trouble grasping. Passing laws and talking tough are meaningless activities if you are unable or unwilling to enforce them.
The Home Office has been one of the worst offenders when it comes to lack of follow through. Legislating for headlines is no way to run a department and a quick look back over the Home Office’s last decade shows that headlines have been their big motivator rather than protecting the British people.
The consensus is that this week has blown any serious chance that John Reid had of winning the Labour leadership battle, but the seeds of this weeks problems were germinating years ago in the fertile soil of a spin obsessed Labour HQ. And the person who has held the reins of the domestic agenda since 1997 is one Gordon Brown MP.
The Brown camp may be feeling smug about the anti Reid headlines but Brown held the purse-strings when police numbers fell, when crime increased and when prison building failed to happen. He is complicit in this and as our friends across the pond say ” when the s**t starts to fly, no one comes out smelling of roses”.