Shooting off

Former Home Secretary and disgraced Cabinet Minister told a Prisons Chief to 'machine gun' rioting inmates at Lincoln prison. David Blunkett allegedly made the comment in a heated telephone exchange with the Director General of Prisons, Martin Narey when the riots happened in October 2002. He claimed that Mr Blunkett did not care about the loss of life and shrieked down the phone for him to get the job sorted. Narey attacks the Former Home Secretary for his lack of judgement and ability to rush a decision. The confrontation comes as newly published diaries by the MP scathe the Prison Chief for 'dithering' over the whole affair. A spokesman for Mr Blunkett denies there was any reference to 'machine guns.'