All Home Secretaries are ghastly, of course. But Jacqui Smith may be an even greater nuisance than previous holders of the office. That's tough competition when you recall that the field also includes Michael Howard, David Blunkett and Jack Straw. The latter, of course, shopped his own son to the police. But here's the lie being peddled by the gruesome Smith today:
Jacqui Smith says public demand means people will be able to pre-register for an ID card within the next few months.
Does anyone believe this? The sooner there's an election the better.