Scuffle of the week

Mike Tyson may be back in jail, but Derry "Rowdy" Irvine and Jack "Hard Man" Straw have stepped into the ring in this thrilling "Clash of the Civil Servants". The Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD) and the Home Office clashed again last week when LCD Minister of State, Geoff "The Boy" Hoon slated the way civil servants in other parts of Whitehall prepare Bills. Hoon's words were interpreted as a thinly-veiled attack on the Home Office. Hoon, however, should not rest on his laurels. He has not been free of criticism over the way he prepares his own bills. See column by Edward Garnier MP on page 17.