Charles Clarke uses his current difficulty to promote ID cards

First Charles Clarke's department releases 900 foreign prisoners on completion of sentence (instead of reviewing cases for deportation), but now he's saying that ID cards would have helped prevent the problem. As the great Eric Morecambe would have said, the boy's a fool.

Seeing as he's currently in the news I might mention that Charles Clarke is often referred to online as Charlie the Safety Elephant. Also, Sweaty Baboon. For an explanation of the baboon thing, see this page.

It's also worth reminding ourselves of his other public relation success, in dealing with the families of people affected by the July 7th bombers, people who are his constituents.