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January 16, 2007

Cock–up after cock–up at the Home Office

Home Office Corporate Logo (somewhat tweaked) As if things couldn’t get any worse…

It turns out that of the sixteen terrorist suspects on control orders, and wearing electronic tags to keep track of them, three have escaped.

This news comes in the week that it was revealed the Home Office hasn’t been updating files on people who committed crimes abroad.

David Davis, the Conservative Shadow Home Secretary, has claimed the scalps of a number of home office ministers. Could John Reid be his next? His department seems completely incapable of doing its job.

There’s probably a case to be made that the Home Office is permanently “unfit for purpose”, encompassing too many different roles. And it’s rumoured Gordon Brown will split it into two when he becomes Prime Minister.

The question is: why can’t that be done now?

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