The Prime Minister said that Mr Hain had made a mistake which he had readily admitted to.
There are several issues here which give rise to more than a little concern:
1. Mr. Hain, if admittedly incompetent, how can we trust him to competently run a Government department?
2. Why do we bother having these rules and these expensive enquiries when there appears to be no consequences when the rules are broken?
3. Spending over £100,000 on the deputy leadership campaign and coming in fifth does appear to be more than just a little incompetent.
The Prime Minister has said that he has full confidence in this “incompetent minister”, after all his department, the department of work and pension has not lost any data. Indeed their data records have been found …twice…
Documents from the department of Work and Pensions (Yes, Peter Hain’s Department) containing sensitive personal data, including details of benefit claims, passport photocopies, and mortgage payments were found dumped on a roundabout in Devon. This is the second time in the last three months that this has occurred.
No one at Downing Street has admitted, what everyone is thinking. As well as having no more money to spend on new jails, the government has also run out of financing for storage space. Therefore a new policy of dumping unwanted data and storage materials has been initiated by the former chancellor.