Alex Massie

Jacqui Smith Must Stay!

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Over at the Motherblog, Peter writes that Gordon Brown is being damaged by, inter alia,

the continuing brouhaha over Jacqui Smith and her expense claims.  A revealing PoliticsHome poll, released this afternoon, finds that a majority of voters (56 percent) think she should step down as Home Secretary - with only 36 percent thinking she should remain in the post.  Despite his support for Smith, the PM will find it difficult to ignore that level of public disapproval.

No, the longer she remains in office, so her baleful influence must continue to further discredit an already discredited government. For that reason, if no other, she must be permitted to continue to do her level worst.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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