I almost fell off the running machine at the gym yesterday when Sky News showed this image of Hazel Blears apparently leaking plans for MPs’ second homes allowance. But I righted myself, assuming it to be some satire… but no.
Given the recent security scare prompted by Bob Quick’s blunder and Caroline Flint’s similar error last year, the idea that Blears is simply stupid is not really credible. And it’s hard not to notice how perfectly presented the leaked memo is.
This crude method of breaking news is sleazy and yet served no purpose: Hazel Blears was clearly overwhelmed by some self-destructive urge. The prime minister should ask her to give in to that urge.