But I do draw the line at the taxpaper coughing up £2,000 for one of the holders of the three great offices of state to get "leadership training". If Jacqui Smith didn't have the requisite leadership qualities, what on earth was Gordon Brown doing appointing her Home Secretary?
Her need for it was amply demonstrated by John Reid's comments during the Home Secretary's statement on Thursday.
I am surprised, to say the least, that the Secretary of State for the Home Department was not informed that her opposite number, effectively, was about to be arrested. If I had been told after the event that that had been done, I cannot think that I would have remained as placid as she has in the circumstances. Notwithstanding the fact that she has said that even if she had been informed, she would not have acted differently, I do not think that we should take that as a ruling that someone in her position should never be informed. For my part, I would have wanted to be informed, and to express a view on the matter.The subtext of that is that John Reid is a leader and Jacqui Smith is a politician who reacts to events. Or doesn't, as the case may be.