Peter Hoskin

Fourth choice Smith

Fourth choice Smith
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In light of the speculation surrounding Jacqui Smith's future, this passage from Steve Richards' column today is worth pulling out:

"I am told [Jacqui Smith] was not Brown's first choice [for Home Secretary] and not even his second. Indeed, one government insider tells me three others were approached but had no desire to go near the unpredictable nightmare of the Home Office. Smith's narrative also highlights the fickle nature of politics. Within a year she could have lost her cabinet job and her seat."

It does suggest that Brown would have few qualms about replacing Smith; especially given her recent troubles.  But it also makes you wonder whether anyone will really want to take on the job.