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The unasked question

Telegraph | News | Inquiry into identity thefts

It emerged at the end of last year that the identities of up to 13,000 civil servants from the Department for Work and Pensions had been stolen and used in tax credit fraud. However, there are concerns that this may be only a small part of a much wider problem, according to Richard Bacon, a Conservative MP on the public accounts committee.
He has written to Sir John Bourn, the head of the NAO, urging him to investigate the scale of identity theft at both the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Customs and Revenue.
"Obviously, 99.9 per cent of civil servants will be honest but it only takes a tiny minority to be working with criminals and passing on details for there to be a very significant problem," he said.

And how does this shattering revelation that among the millions of Gordon's Turkey Army there might be one or two who are as bent as a nine bob note impact the security reassurances of the ID Card?


First the government deny that they are going to do something. Then they admit they are going to do it but any fears the public may have are groundless. Finally it comes out that those fears were completely valid, but the government will continue with the plan anyway.

Why am I not surprised by this story? My only confusion is how supposedly intelligent adults can continue behaving like this without ever learning from their mistakes. Is it a disease?


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