Inland Revenue boss quits over 'major ops failure'
Details on up to 15m go missing
Paul Gray, chairman of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, has left his post, apparently taking responsibility for a big data loss by his department.
HMRC is refusing to comment ahead of statement in the Commons by Chancellor Alistair Darling at 3.30 this afternoon.
The surprise departure is reportedly due to an operational failure at the Revenue which led to a massive loss of private data. The Beeb reckons up to 15 million people could be at risk.
Confidential records on 15 million child benefit recipients were transported on CDs in breach of HMRC data protection regulations, the BBC said, and the disks were lost. The Revenue, apparently, does not believe the disks have fallen into the wrong hands.
Gray's resignation letter to staff apologised that some of them may have learnt of his departure through the media. The letter said: "I had hoped to be around for a while longer, and to have had the continuing privilege of leading HMRC towards the vision we have been developing.".
We'll have more after the Chancellor's statement at 3.30pm.
"how much longer will the banks put up with this loss"
It's OK, the Treasury will bail them out, with money from the taxpayer. Er, hang on...
...of Darling falling on his sword are this: 0. Firstly he's a politician and therefore a lying, spineless twonk until proven otherwise (cue ironic laughter) and secondly he can point to the fact that HMRC is a non-ministerial department and therefore it cannot possibly be anything to do with him personally.
The fact that he looks like a badger may bring hope should They carry out their proposed cull, but that's the only way we'll get rid of him before the next reshuffle.
Useless - utterly useless
If this government were run like a company then there would have been a vote of no confidence suggested, passed and rubber stamped by the shareholders ie us poor sods.
Whitehall would be littered with jobless beaurocrats, my only fear is that all these jobsworths would infect other organisations :-(