Hidden Costs

Once again the Government has tried to bury bad news. This time it used the same day as Tony Blair’s resignation announcement to publish figures revealing that the cost of the planned identity card has gone up a bit in the last six months: by £840 million to £5.75 billion. The Home Office has even admitted (though very quietly) that this is not an accurate figure, because they haven’t even factored in the cost of the reading machines.

The Home Office – that the department for law, order, and justice in this country – even broke the law, because it published the information over a month after it was required to do so by statute. The problem was that the these figures – and all of its other costings – were due before the local elections. Anticipating a disaster, playing politics was more important than playing by the rules. But we’ve come to expect that from Labour.


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