WTF is up with the Tory Front Bench?
Here’s Nick Robinson’s excellent summary of the prisoner release scandal on Radio 4’s Six O'Clock News:
The minister paid to protect the public from crime admits that it’s shocking that dangerous convicted criminals who could and should have been deported were let free. He goes on to admit that he doesn’t know where they are now, not the murderers, not the paedophiles, not the man-slaughterers. The minister then admits his department was incompetent and says there was clear systemic failure. And yet the same minister says, and with the support of his Tory opponent, that this is not a resigning matter. How so? The government says it was a question, they think, of poor communication between the prisons and the communication department, that both parts of the Home Office failed to do their jobs properly. They say that ministers acted as soon as they knew what was going on. There is though just one problem - the only reason they and we found out about this scandal at all is because of a question asked persistently by a Tory backbench member of a parliamentary committee. One of many questions facing ministers tonight is “If he could ask it, why couldn’t they?”Rearrange the following into an increasingly popular phrase:
with a tank, a fucking barn door, the Tory front bench, from point blank range, couldn’t hit