James Forsyth

Cameron corrects an error

Cameron corrects an error
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David Cameron’s decision to move Dominic Grieve from Home to Justice shows that he is capable of rectifying his own mistakes, an important quality for leader. Grieve was appointed in a panic, in an effort to shut down the story when David Davis resigned over 42 days. It was apparent at the time that Grieve was not the man for the job; Nick Herbert would have been a far better pick.

Chris Grayling will bring his phenomenal work-rate to the job. The Home Office is still not fit for purpose and one can be certain that Grayling will be terrier-like in uncovering scandals. However, Grayling will have to avoid acting up to Tory stereotypes. Grayling will also have to be prepared for a fight on the ECHR in government. Grieve has infamously threatened to resign over the issue and Ken Clarke is a supporter of it, but securing various opt-outs, and if necessary leaving, is crucial to serious criminal justice reform.

 

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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