Other members of the Coalition Government might be trying to play down any suggestion that there is friction between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives who outnumber them five-to-one – but he described working at the Home Office as like “walking through mud”, and there’s no way to make that look complimentary!
He announced his departure in The Independent, which reported: “In a scathing verdict on Ms May’s leadership, Mr Baker warned that support for ‘rational evidence-based policy’ was in short supply at the top of her department.”
The paper stated that his resignation followed an acrimonious clash between Mr Baker and senior Conservatives over a three-month delay in publishing a Home Office report on drugs policies abroad. He accused them of holding it up because its findings could be politically embarrassing to the Tories.
It suggested that this is evidence that relations are rapidly deteriorating within the Coalition ahead of next year’s general election.
The sooner the Coalition degenerates into infighting and squabbling, the sooner we can get a proper government in charge.
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