Wednesday, 25 June 2008

What's up with HMRC?

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has been in the news again today. The data leaks that have led to their recent ridiculing in the national press are not all due to 'junior ministers', but, as suspected, 'systemic failure'. I'm not going to write any more on this yet, it's just too obvious for words, and they should have done it better a long time before this.
So, what do you do when your systems fail? Bring in an expert of course. So who's getting the top job at HMRC next? The name Mike Clasper may not mean much to you, it didn't to me, but the name BAA certainly will, especially if you've been reading these pages recently.
Mr. Clasper is the ex-CEO of BAA, before the Ferrovial takeover which seems to have brought it to its knees. It seems that he's good at making things run well then, and then selling them off and watching them collapse from a distance. Here's hoping he can get the data security big right at least. I would hope for £150k a week, 3 days a week, he could at least get someone to look at it for him. I'll do it for 2/3rds of that. :)
Good luck to Mike C. then, he's got an uphill battle, but he certainly knows how to make the best of a bad situation. Let's just hope he never leaves.

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