The main problem facing Jacqui Smith over this whole tax-payer funded porn fest is that it is just so funny. At least with McNulty there was a sense of public-spirited outrage at the way he was abusing the system – here it’s impossible to get angry because it makes you laugh. And I agree with Michael Brown that it is worse for a Government to be laughed at than hated.
On a related point, how long can Brown hold the line that all these little indiscretions are ‘a personal matter’ and no concern of his? It’s all awfully reminiscent of John Major trying to close his ears to the sound of tabloid papers baying for ministerial blood back in the mid 90s.