Jacqui Smith hasn’t even left her department yet, but Lib Dem Home Affairs Spokesman Chris Huhne has already addressed whoever replaces her:
“The next Home Secretary must ensure that the worst excesses of recent years are not just curbed but rolled back.
“A good start would be to scrap ID cards, take innocent people off the DNA database and not spy on our phone calls and emails.”
As a starting point it wouldn’t be bad, and it really has to be the barest minimum to expect from whoever follows her. The question currently remains – will her successor be under Gordon Brown or Alan Johnson? If Johnson does he now appreciate the need for a rollback from the Blair/Brown lunge towards a police state, that it’s not just because it’s wrong, but because it’s to his electoral advantage?