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Wednesday, 15 December 2004

Blunkett resigns as Home Secretary. Happy! Happy! Happy!

David Blunkett announced his resignation as Home Secretary shortly after 6pm today. Whilst I am very happy this has happened, I have no intention of 'gloating' nor of making any comment about his purely personal life, although this does not mean I shall avoid comment on aspects of his personal life which are found to have touched upon his public role. Sad as I may feel about the manner of his going, his departure is unquestionnably, in my opinion, a good thing.

For me much the more important aspect of his resignation is what, if any, effect this will have on the legislation which he would have been chaperoning through Parliament, connected with security and identity card issues, etc. It is still far too soon to know if his political demise, at least from the Front Bench, will have any effect at all. I'd like to fantasise that this will result in plans to introduce ID Cards being abandoned, at least for the present, but I cannot be sanguine.

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