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He is about to make his already dire situation even worse. Until last year, I was broadly in sympathy with the theory that only those with something to hide would fear the introduction of identity cards and a database. However, since then, HM Revenue and Customs lost the addresses and bank details of 25 million parents. The confidential records of hundreds of thousands of NHS patients and staff and three million learner drivers have been lost.
The sex offenders’ register lost more than 300 serious criminals. The criminal records bureau wrongly labelled 2,700 innocent people as having criminal records. Yet in spite of this appalling record, Gordon Brown seems determined to pursue his vision of Big Brother centralised information-gathering.
three million learner drivers have been lost.