James Campbell

At least we know about it

At least we know about it
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Britons today may not be inclined accentuate the positive about the way their government goes about its business but there is one consolation to be had from the lost data debacle:  the government 'fessed up to it. Think about that for a minute and then consider how this might have been handled in other countries. Can you imagine George Bush or Jacques Chirac coming out with a foursquare admission of failure this size? There are many things wrong with the extraordinary centralisation of Britain's government but it has one merit: when things go wrong the minister finds out sharpish.