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13 June 2006

Dunblane gun register unfit for purpose

Another government IT disaster. 10 years behind schedule, the Dunblane gun register is 'unfit for purpose'. The article also mentions it is 'fundamentally flawed'.

I've already blogged about the firearms register in the context of ID cards.

If we can't put together a firearms register after 10 years of effort, if it is 'fundamentally flawed' and 'unfit for purpose' (according to the Police), how much money do we think the government's going to waste on ID cards? Once again the tax payer will be footing the bill for another broken IT system.

In the context of ID cards:
"Instead of wasting hundreds of millions of pounds on compulsory ID cards as the Tory Right demand, let that money provide thousands more police officers on the beat in our local communities"

These are the words of Tony Blair, in a passionate speech against Identity Cards to the 1995 Labour party conference in Brighton.

And it's cheaper and more effective than a broken computer system.

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