Law and order
Asked about the Prime Minister’s concerns with respect to Law and Order given the spate of recent well publicised violent crime, the PMOS said that, as we had said many times, we had to keep the actual level of crime in perspective. It was going down. That did not diminish the concern towards individual outrages as we had seen and they will be investigated fully. The Prime Minister had put anti-social behaviour right at the centre of his agenda. That would continue to be the case and he would be addressing that later this week with an emphasis on the Government’s respect agenda. He would not preview that now.
Asked of the Prime Minister had full confidence in Charles Clarke the PMOS said yes. The Prime Minister believed that the position of Home Secretary was one of the most difficult jobs in Government. The issue of terrorism was particularly difficult and the Home Secretary had the Prime Minister’s full support. It seemed to him that that a lot of the recent press coverage of the Home Secretary and terrorism was sourced in an article written by Anthony Seldon on Sunday. He didn’t do this often, but he wanted to make it clear that that article was plain wrong. Asked if anyone had been ordered not to talk to Anthony Seldon, the PMOS said that he wasn’t aware that anyone had been talking to Anthony Seldon, so there was no need to order anyone not to talk to him. Quite the reverse, in that people had been asked to speak to Mr. Seldon but had refused.
Asked if the Prime Minister would express similar support for Sir Ian Blair, the PMOS said that clearly the Prime Minister had recognised the very difficult role the Met. performed. The public were fully aware of how hard the Met. and its Commissioner were working. No one was complacent about the threat posed and the Prime Minister fully supported the Met. and Sir Ian Blair in their efforts.
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