I'm sure that I will get accused of misogyny but I'm going to say it any way. Jacqui Smith was never up to the job, not because she was a woman but because she was rubbish. Home Secretary is one of the toughest jobs in politics and it needs someone who is at the top of their game, Jacqui Smith isn't.
I'm saddened that the issue of her husband's TV viewing did her so much damage as it really was an irrelevance (which is why I didn't write about it at the time), the real damage was that she used her position for party political advantage when defence of the nation should have been her priority.
With less than a year to go before a General Election, Brown will have to find another Home Secretary, who will take some months to find their feet and then be pitched into the maelstrom of the election campaign itself. We will have no real leadership at the Home Office until after the general election.