Here's a good plan; when you're in government and your back's against the wall, why not try fighting your way out with tough new policy that rides roughshod over civil liberties? I n fact, why not do it so blatantly that it shifts the focus away from the reason why your back was against the wall in the first place?
Let's face it, Charles Clarke is screwed. With any luck he'll resign after the local elections, and if he doesn't, I'll be amazed if he doesn't get reshuffled out of the cabinet soon after. Any attempt to rescue his position by the reactionary introduction of new law looks, well, kind of pathetic.
In fact about as pathetic as Blair's statement in the House of Commons today that the situation was all the Tories fault. At least Cameron had the sense to reply that "People listening to that answer will frankly think it pathetic." I mean did Blair seriously think that that kind of answer would placate anyone? Really, anyone?
This government is stumbling towards the local elections, lashing out like an angry child seemingly unaware of the gravity of the situation it finds itself. If you can vote tomorrow, do so. And if you can vote tomorrow and think this whole situation is completely unacceptable, vote for anybody else but Labour.