Words fail me. But I am sure that this calamity signals the end of the ID cards project.
It’s worth noting that HMRC has seen a quarter of jobs axed in recent years, which just shows that you can’t sack civil servants and expect a functioning and secure public services…
Two computer discs holding the personal details of all families in the UK with a child under 16 have gone missing.
The Child Benefit data on them includes name, address, date of birth, National Insurance number and, where relevant, bank details of 25 million people.
Chancellor Alistair Darling said there was no evidence the data had gone to criminals – but urged people to monitor bank accounts “for unusual activity”.
And how long will this Paper Chancellor last, I wonder? What with Northern Rock and now this farce…
The prime minister’s official spokeswoman said Gordon Brown has “full confidence” in Mr Darling. She added that Mr Darling has not offered to resign.