And they say all politicians are liars….

By DeusExMacintosh


Jacqui Smith feared she was not up to being home secretary and wished she had been better trained for the role, she reveals in a magazine interview. She told Total Politics magazine she had “never run a major organisation” before accepting the job in 2007.

“I hope I did a good job but if I did it was more by luck than by any kind of development of those skills,” she adds.

Ms Smith says she quit as home secretary last month over a “horrible” media storm surrounding her expenses. She said her first reaction on discovering that her husband had claimed for porn films on her expenses was to tell him: “I am going to have to resign”.

She adds: “I then had to go into a meeting which was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. However, it was the Friday before the G20 and people said to me – not the prime minister, you understand – that they didn’t think the prime minister or the government were going to thank me for resigning just before the G20.”

She also speaks of her first weekend as home secretary, in July 2007, when she had to respond to the abortive terror attacks in central London and Glasgow airport.

“I’m not sure I understood, I’m ashamed to say, when I first heard it, quite how serious it was.”

BBC News


  1. Posted July 19, 2009 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Wow, truth from a pollie, how refreshing.

    Now, if only the rest will own up.

  2. Posted July 19, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Caz. You beat me to it, although i was more impressed by the willingness to resign when the offending action wasn’t by the minister.
    If any minister here should resign because of complete ignorance of the subject matter of their portfolio and refusal to accept the near-unanimous opinion of technical experts, it is Conroy, imnsho.

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