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BBC NEWS | Politics | Crime assets agency 'ill-planned'
The setting up of a government agency to seize criminals' wealth was ill-planned and unrealistic, an influential group of MPs has said.

The Home Office had set "unachievable delivery aims for" the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA), the Commons public accounts committee added.

The agency was established in 2003 by the then home secretary David Blunkett.

Its powers were so extensive it could even seize assets from people who had not been convicted of any crime.

It was revealed earlier this year that the ARA had cost £65m over four years, but seized assets worth £23m.

The agency is set to be disbanded from next year.

With Gordon Brown claiming never to have been near the birth of this fiasco, which his treasury hoped it being a goldmine; with Saint Tony unable to remember anything about it, until his book is launched; I expect Blunkett will now claim it was his dog's idea.

It is a shame that there isn't an asset recovery agency we can use against politicians because by rights Tony and Cheriiiiiie should be fearing the bailiff's knock on the door as we demand repayment of all the government has stolen from us rather than eyeing up a minor stately home.

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"The agency is set to be disbanded from next year."

Well that's good. A rare outbreak of common sense, you might think.

But what's this: "Its powers were so extensive it could even seize assets from people who had not been convicted of any crime."

Uh - typical NuLab, of course. "will only be used against terrorists", etc etc. We know how that ends, don't we?

And will those powers be repealed, so that no other bunch of incompetent statist twats can ever do those things? You know, seize assets from totally innocent people?

Don't hold your breath.

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