Sunday, June 29, 2008

Transformational money-wasting

"Last week, the Poynter review on the loss of 25 million records from HM Revenue & Customs was published. The culprits — Gordon Brown, Dawn Primarolo MP and David Varney, the former head of the HRMC — have all moved on to other jobs, in Varney's case to the Transformational Government project that will oversee the merger of all government databases in a monstrous implement of surveillance. Forget privacy, let's just think about the appalling, and expensive, mess that this is likely to result in. And while we're about it, the waste of public funds in local government surveillance operations and CCTV systems which Detective Chief Inspector Mike Neville, Scotland Yard's CCTV expert, declared an 'utter fiasco'." —Henry Porter

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