So Blunkett has gone. I have met him a couple of times and comes over as being approachable and committed. Clearly his achievement in reaching the highest levels of UK politics is magnified by his blindness. I'm sorry to see him go as he has given anti-social behaviour the priority it needs and we now have Community Support Officers, ASBOs and more community police officers. At conference he said that he wanted to be a "Tough Home Secretary in a compassionate government". I think he achieved his aim.
I have been impressed by Charles Clarke's performance at Education and think he deserves promotion. Clarke is definitely a bruiser and will easily manage the hard man part of the Home Secretary's job.