Please have a gander at the article from today's Daily Mail, apparently Reid was due to be alongside Michael Howard answering questions about his department and foreign criminals rampaging throughout our green and pleasant land.
This morning he does the usual NuLab trick of apportioning blame when he spoke to the BBC:
"He said: "The truth of the matter is that we don't have a precise figure for this - not only do I not have it but none of my predecessors, way back to Michael Howard in the last government.
"And part of the reason is of course that we inherit a legacy of an unknown number from government to government as it were and therefore there are no precise numbers for this." "
Guttersnipe thinks he's quite willing to blame Michael Howard but not too willing to face him. For the past two weeks the Blairite cheerleader on Question Time has been told that "you've been here for 9 years, you can't blame the Tories now". It would appear that they haven't learned.
This week's Blair Tub Thumper is Harriet "ID cards required to vote" Harman. Naturally I will be ranting my weekly review.