Blears Into Bat
Blears on Newsnight defending the Home Office. Where's Charlie? Packing his trunk and saying goodbye to the circus, if Guido is right.
20 of the 80 most dangerous *aren't on the PNC* says Paxo. He asks how you trace people (as promised by the Home Sec) who aren't on the PNC:
Blears doesn't answer the question. Instead, Charlie will present 'as much information as possible'
Paxo asks again (he's done this routine with Blears before)
HB 'Work is going on now', 'Most serious are on licence'
[Implication is that the PNC is apparently not the only place to look for criminals (what's the point of it then?)]
P 'Can you be on licence and not on PNC?'
HB 'No information on that'
P 'How are they monitored if they're not on the PNC?'
No reply is forthcoming.
She's struggling here. Obvious lie about 'fullest possibly disclosure' - [bollocks, it's nothing of the sort, it's increasingly damaging revelations extracted like teeth from a grumpy rhino and a 2min 41s terse statement to the House of Commons]
Information came out 'In August, then November' [really?]
P 'What was being done between August and this week?'
HB 'Enhanced...programme of work...information now available...disclosed fully' [we spent 7 months buggering about while the rate of releases without consideration went *up*, she means]
She really is in a terrible spot. Ho ho ho. Couldn't happen to a nicer muppet.
PNC = Police National Computer - a record of all convicted criminals. If, for example one of these people is stopped by police they will have no record of them ever comitting an offence.
Lo Fi mp3 audio grab Of Hazel's interview... Priceless.