In the last six months of 2005 Home Office spending on the project soared from a rate of £25,000 a day to £63,000. Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said: "The Government is spending money which it has no right to spend. It is completely unacceptable to forge ahead on a scheme which will radically alter British society without the approval of MPs."
And they still couldn't manage to produce reliable costings of their scheme. Just how many tens of millions of pounds more would that have taken? (Via FIPR)