Wednesday, July 06, 2005

You can come out now - I'm not going to mention ID cards!

Louise Casey, of the anti-social behaviour unit has hit the headlines and not for the right reasons. (Quotes in Bold)

"I suppose you can't binge drink anymore because lots of people have said you can't do it. I don't know who bloody made that up, it's nonsense."

On the tape, obtained by BBC News, she said some ministers might perform better if they "turn up in the morning pissed"


You may remember the reported "dressing down" that Charles Clarke received over the weekend from the Prime Minister. Well, apparently the practical upshot of this is that Louise Casey now reports direct to the PM, not to Clarke. Apparently Clarke has been trying to get rid of Louise for a while.

A Downing Street spokesman said Tony Blair retained full confidence in her.

So, how long will she remain in her job then? Two days? Three at the outside? Depending on the media storm of course.

It is unfortunate and counterproductive for the advisor involved in the overview of ASBOs to advocate binge drinking.

CCW

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