In a radio five live interview (*that Gordon Brown should have attended) Jack Straw apologised for the 10p tax debacle. He said:
"Sometimes even with the best brains available to government there are inadvertent consequences of changes. "We put our hands up to that, we should have known more about the impact of the abolition of the 10p rate."I say: What a complete and utter lie. There is no way on God's earth that those "best brains" did not know what the consequences of scrapping the 10p tax rate would be for over five million of our most needy. I believe they underestimated how the public and their own back bench MPs would react to this slap in the face. They have got so used to riding rough shod over the public, that they thought it would pass with hardly a whimper. How very wrong they were.
Producing the understatement of the year, Jack went on to say: "Government is not perfect." You will note he couldn't go so far as to say "this government".
* Cameron and Clegg turned up - Gordon bottled it.