How do we think things are "going"? (whatever "going" means) Do we have a firm hand on the wheel of HMS Britannia as she sails through these uncertain times? Or does the Emperor truly have no clothes? (just to completely mix metaphors) We have had Bliar saying "business as usual" before he (and Inspector Clouseau) disappear on their hols. Now he is uttering "the rules have changed" as if this is some sort of game (as it probably is if you spend your life under armed guard). There was going to be no "knee jerk" reaction and then we heard that new laws were going to be brought in - as if there were not enough laws about conspiring to murder, incitement ot racial or religious hatred and so on. Now we hear that a 7 centuries old law that has not been used in half a century is going to be dusted off. Hmmm...wonder how that will survive contact with ECHR (some parts of which cannot be derogated from in any circumstances). Meanwhile, while Inspector Clouseau is away, his disgraced predecessor pops up to say "I'm back!" The rather unpleasant Home Office minister who has been left behind responds that she is in charge. The bearded satyr then responds that he is helping fat Prezza as well, presenting a genuine dilemma - is this better or worse? So there is a turf war going on in the true Third Reich divide-and-rule style! The latest wheeze is to change the racial identity boxes on the census form (and other documentation) because, as we all know, simply changing the name ("New Labour" so why not "New Muslim"!) will make everything better! This pantomime is being played out against a very interesting backdrop. There is a clear demonstration of the priorities of law and order that this government has. Protestors campaigning against the restriction of free speech are being rounded up in Parliament Square (yes, they're probably soap-dodgers but it may be you and I next) under supposed serious and organised crime legislation. Also, some politicians are revising their stance on Iraq with glacial speed. At this rate we might get Straw to admit they may have got it wrong in time for the 50th anniversary of the "liberation" of Baghdad. And to cap it all, the elephant in the room is the 500,000 - 1million persons in this country that HMG didn't know about until after the election. There may or may not be a potential threat, but if we all close our eyes and pretend it will be OK, then it will be! Won't it? Well, there's 4 or 5 years until the next election so maybe people might have forgotten by then. The question is - do this shower have a clue?