Charles Clarke - His lies, Damm Lies and the Statistics
As BackingBlair suggest, this does look like an obituary in waiting.
People are finally waking up to the fact that the unsafe elephant has been lying through his back teeth about the extent of the problem. I have yet to watch PMQ, but I heard some of Charlie's attempt to justify his position in the commons on the radio afterwards. I don't know about anyone else, but I am no clearer about what happened, how it happened or why it happened. And judging by the reaction he got, neither is anyone else.
If this really is the best explanation they has to offer, for a problem that the Home Office has been working on for 9 or 10 months, then he really is on his way out.
We should repeat, that since Charles assured us that the Home Office was on top of the problem - it has got worse, not better.
Just under one third of the cases cited happened since August last year, AFTER Charlie's staff got on the case. The approximate rate of cases for deportation that should have been considered but were missed went up, from a couple a week, to more than one a day ON HIS WATCH.
The number of missed cases didn't simply continue, it INCREASED after Charlie got on the case. His intervention made the problem worse, not better. That's neither a historical, or a systemic problem.