"As chancellor, Brown relentlessly pursued his forlorn vision of a 'joined-up identity management regime' across public services. As prime minister, he continues this vain search, like an obsessed alchemist, for a giant database that his closest advisers ominously refer to as a 'single source of truth'.
"This fixation has not revolutionised public services. It has led to disaster. Brown’s approach combines three flaws: the ruthless pursuit of 'identity management'; a naive faith in computerised solutions; and sheer recklessness in managing the integrity of systems to which he is devoted. This has delivered a massively overcentralised government and a surveillance society." —David Davis MP, shadow Home Secretary