Saturday, November 24, 2007

We pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

"Already the pall of platitudes is being spread over both cockups. Identical platitudes, in fact. There will be a 'root and branch' review of management systems within HMRC. There will be a 'root and branch' review of the arrangements around the England team. And yet it doesn't feel awfully like that at present. Vitriol is being poured over the England goalkeeper Scott Carson, just as it will be over the still anonymous junior manager who popped the child benefit database in the post. Obviously, both of them had shockers. But it feels neither root nor branch to be laying the blame on a 22-year-old and a 23-year-old respectively. Then again, deeper chaos is much more frightening to contemplate, let alone deal with." —Marina Hyde

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