The Tories are paying a heavy price for Grayling’s B&B gaffe, but it’s self-inflicted. Grayling’s comments were cackhanded and I think he is wrong, but they were nowhere near as controversial as was claimed – he was seeking a clarification of the law, not calling for Sandi Toksvig to be lynched. I doubt Grayling will be Home Secretary but such a senior Shadow minister can’t hide away for ever. The Tories need to have policies on immigration and crime; they should either sack him or get him out there.
UPDATE: Grayling has appeared on BBC News and defended his record on gay rigths again:
'If I hadn't believed ultimately that the current law was the right thing to do I wouldn't have voted in a free vote in the House of Commons for that law.'
As I wrote above, I've never seen his B&B comments as a political problem and I think he is right to question that current unsatisfactory definition of public and private property, though I disagreed with his initial conclusion. But that is not the point of this post. Grayling and his agenda must be major features of the Tory campaign. Perhaps today will mark a change.