Thursday, May 18, 2006

possession of forged passports accidentally legalised: our government at work

As news of hundreds of missing passports is dragged out of the Home Office, another related entry in the catalogue of fuck-ups we call the national identity database appears:

The Home Office faced fresh controversy last night after ministers were accused of accidentally repealing the law which makes it an offence to have a forged passport.

In an extraordinary development, it was claimed that Labour's Identity Cards Act had repealed the existing laws before the new laws to replace them come into force.

One court case involving two men who were caught with forged passports has already had to be adjourned.


Wow. I mean - fucking wow. Is it so much to ask that the national identity database issue remain at a plateau of awfulness, rather than reveal ever upward spiralling peaks of incompetence?

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