I watched Dr John Reid blaming Michael Howard - the former Conservative Home Secretary - for the immigration problem, with open-mouthed amazement this morning.
On Sky News, he was busily telling us that ID cards are the solution and that the Conservatives were and are the problem. Earlier this week I was with Professor Ross Anderson from Cambridge, the acknowledged expert on the technology surrounding ID Cards and his opinions in regards to the value of identity cards as a practical solution to identity managment, differ greatly with the Home Secretary. Having campaigned on the same technical platform I have to agree with him.
So, John Reid, is, after ten years, only now clearing up the mess that the Tories left or that's what he would have you think. Immigration, crime, guns, you name it, it's all the other bloke's fault and now he's found out about it, he's putting it right.
All this comes as Councils across the country are facing rising costs to deal with refused asylum seekers who are yet to be deported. Hillingdon Council was the first to admit it was planning a one per cent increase because of the number in the borough.
Does Dr Reid really believe the electorate are that dim? Apparently so.
I'm off to see the Shadow Home Affairs Minister today, so it will be interesting to hear the reaction at Westminster.