SHOULD CLARKE RESIGN?
* He has failed first task of a Home Secretary: to protect the public.
* He was told foreign prisoners were being released without due deportation procedures in August, but did nothing.
* He misled the PM and the public by claiming "very, very few" foreign prisoners had been let out since August.
* Any offences committed by the 288 foreign nationals released since then are his responsibility. One foreign national who could have been deported on release went on to commit rape.
* Ministers should accept responsibility for their department's mistakes.
* This problem has been going on for years. At least he owned up to it.
* The mistakes have been made by immigration officers, not policy-makers.
* The Home Office is too big and disparate for one cabinet minister to manage.
* Clarke's job now is to solve the problem, not walk away.
* People calling for his resignation have not said who they think can better do the job of clearing up the problems.
SHOULD PRESCOTT RESIGN?
* He is a laughing stock after the series of tawdry revelations and demeaning pictures of an affair with his secretary.
* A man in his high position needs judgement and political awareness. He appears to have lost both.
* Voters cannot trust the word of a man who lies to his wife.
* When Tory politicians faced similar difficulties, Prescott delighted in ridiculing them.
* He is 67, so he will have to go soon anyway. What remains of his career will be nothing but humiliation.
* There is nothing to suggest that his affair with Tracey Temple affected his conduct as a minister.
* Blair and Brown want him to help supervise an orderly transfer of power.
* You should not sack people for having office affairs. If you do, this could cause problems in thousands of workplaces.
* John F Kennedy, H H Asquith, David Lloyd George and Bill Clinton were fine politicians who cheated on their wives. Stalin stayed faithful, but was a monster.
* Pauline Prescott has suffered enough. The last thing she needs is her husband hanging around at home all day after being forced out in humiliating circumstance.Reuse content