It seems a bit unfair that it was little Ruth Kelly who had to stand up and announce the latest retreat over Home Information Packs.
It was Two-Planks Prescott who first promoted them (or at least, who read out the briefing which his advisers had written for him – I doubt he actually understood them) and Yvette Cooper who has run with them in the face of their obvious defects
But Prescott is off to enjoy his large pension, with more ridicule on his shoulders already than he can bear. Cooper is a Brownite groupie, destined for a bigger role in Gordon Brown’s Ministry of All the Yes-Men (and Women), so she is not going to carry the can for this climb-down.
Little Ruth is dispensible – senior enough today to make the announcement, but shortly to be slipped sideways and downwards – Junior Minister for Black Disabled Welsh Lesbian Single Mothers from Romania or something equally token.
Brown would do well just to axe them.