An internet blogger who published derisive accounts of life as a civil servant at the heart of the Brown Government has been identified and suspended.
Known by the pseudonym Civil Serf, she is a middle manager in the Department for Work and Pensions and had been on its fast-track promotion scheme.
The 33-year-old from London, who launched a one-woman assault on Ministers and mandarins, has now been stripped of her Government laptop and had her security clearance revoked.
I imagine that her identity must have been fairly obvious because it surely wasn't worth expending massive amounts of time on; after all, she'd taken the blog down.
She was caught after the Government dedicated a team of computer experts to track her down across the internet.
A source in the DWP said it was an extraordinary outlay of resources as the team was told to clear their desks of everything except their hunt for Civil Serf.
The Department of Work and Pensions has one of the most massive budgets in the whole of the state apparatus; Social Security alone runs to over £120 billion per annum. Further, the DWP's budget is absolutely riven with fraud and mismanagement—the whole ministry is a fucking disgrace.
Therefore, I really don't think that hunting down one blogger who was merely providing the details that fleshed out what we already knew—that the DWP is entirely inept and fucking useless—is a good use of resources.
Not entirely surprisingly, the Minister for the Department of Work and Pensions, James "the spitting image of one of the Devil's gay friends" Purnell, has never voted for a transparent Parliament (although he did manage to spend an extra £148,064 of our money in expenses last year. John Lewis must have been overjoyed).
Ah well, good luck to Civil Serf: she provided us with entertainment and insight into the wastefulness of the state for a few months, which is more than can be said for James "my mouth writhes across my face like a snake being tortured and it's really creepy" Purnell.