The communication chaos at the heart of Labour
Early next morning – at 5.00am, to be precise – Mr Straw received a telephone call to inform him that the Prime Minister had given an interview in an aeroplane whilst flying over Peru, during which he announced to the world that he was in favour of the proposed reforms.
One might think the Prime Minister would have had the courtesy to inform his Justice Secretary, under whose constitutional aegis the matter properly falls. But then Mr Brown is neither scholarly nor spiritually sensitive. And that he does not take counsel from his ministers on such important matters is evidence of his autocratic arrogance and his pathological inability to listen.