29 March 2007

The Home Office 1782-2007: A Correction

Further to our obituary for the Home Office, we at As A Dodo can now confirm that the ancient office of state will be buried today in a ceremony attended by Home Secretary John Reid and thousands of civil servants eager both to remember their former department and to bag a decent desk in the new one.

The Home Office is survived by twin offspring, The Ministry of Truth (responsible for the courts and the treatment of offenders) and the Ministry of Love (responsible for policing, immigration and anti-terrorism measures). The former will be delivered into the hands of Lord Falconer who will doubtless lavish on it all the care he has lavished on the constitution and the separation of powers in his time as Tony Blair's best mate Lord Chancellor, while the latter will remain in the custody of John Reid, and may God have mercy on its soul.