You could make a case that the VAT changes to pasties were not a political blunder of any significant magnitude. Not so the petrol fiasco, where ill-judged comments by Francis Maude last week created a run on fuel supplies with thousands of forecourts left completely empty. Being on Britain’s motorways at the weekend was genuinely unnerving, with garage after garage out of petrol.
This morning it emerged that Maude is no longer directly in charge of the response and instead the energy department (Decc) is now responsible – although the prime minister still has “full confidence” in the Cabinet Office minister. Read more