Gieve has never been one to duck a challenge. He was, of course, previously permanent secretary of the Home Office – hardly the kind of position you take up if you want to pass leisurely workdays with your feet up on the desk. Indeed, only last year he was hauled up for a similar grilling – this time from the Commons home affairs committee following the scandal over the release of foreign prisoners. What was Gieve’s response? Admitting that he should have spotted the problem earlier and taken more of an interest.
Here’s our profile of Gieve from happier Home Office days.