Yet another Home Office cock-up:
More than 1,000 foreign prisoners who should have been considered for deportation at the end of their sentences were freed with no action being taken, the home secretary revealed today.I notice Charles Clarke has avoided his usual response to bad news - i.e. promise to learn lessons - and instead adopted the equally meaningless defence preferred by his Labour colleagues when the shit hits the fan:
Charles Clarke admitted that 1,023 former foreign prisoners should have been considered for deportation, including three murderers and nine rapists.
"That is a failure of the Home Office and its agencies for which I take responsibility."Here are a few more examples just from this year.
Ms Kelly told reporters she took "full responsibility" for decisions taken in the department on whether people were placed on England's List 99, which bans people from working with children.Patricia Hewitt on the chaos in the NHS, March 8:
She would not say how many sex offenders had been cleared to work with children but added initial investigations suggested there were "only a small number".
Asked if she would resign if the problems were not resolved, Miss Hewitt said: "I take responsibility for this."Tony Blair on the loans scandal, March 19:
"As leader of the Labour Party, I take responsibility for all that is done in its name."Taking responsibility means never having to admit you've done anything wrong.