Your country is on the highest terrorist alert ever; you are the Home Secretary; what do you do? Why, you go away on holiday, of course!
I haven’t been on holiday for three years and I’m not even in charge of my country’s security. I once worked for 40 hours running – the people employing me needed the work to be done, I did it. Charles Clarke put off his trip to the States for one day. I’m sure he feels the weight of responsibility; I’m sure he’s very stressed, but, come on, we're going through a very difficult time and we need our leaders here, with us.
It reminds me of what happened in May 1968, when General de Gaulle disappeared for several days in the middle of the crisis. It turned out he’d gone to Germany to visit the French troops based there. Did he go and ask for military support against the striking students and workers? No one really knows. Anyway, he wasn't there on holiday.
I doubt Charles Clarke has gone to ask for military support against the terrorists. He’s just relaxing somewhere.
I’m slapping him for leaving us in our hour of need.