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Friday, December 07, 2007

Random Ms IV 

So the whole missing data scandal finally hit home when i got a letter of apology from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). According to the letter "The missing data includes you and your children's names and date of birth, bank account details..."

The letter ends with an assurance that "The copy of the data is still likely to be on Government property. The police are now conducting a search, there is no evidence that it is in the possession of anyone else."

The latest news is that HMRC is now offering a reward of £20,000 for information leading to the recovery of the data discs.
Have they checked on ebay? - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/21/hmarc_ebay_auction/

On a serious note, experts claim the loss of the two CDs containing 25m records including names, addresses and bank details is the UK's, and probably the world's, largest ever data loss.

GB's Crises
You don't have to be an economist to know that UK Plc is in for a bumpy ride next year when the effects of falling property prices, high fuel prices and the impact of the global credit crunch start to bite. Tony Blair must be pleased he handed over to Gordon Brown (GB) before the shit hit the fan.

Since GB became PM its been one fiasco after the other, from the Labour party funding row to the Northern rock crises, and now we hear NR staff will get a bonus and a one off xmas payment.
how nice, i wonder if that is coming out of the £25bn of taxpayers' money...
but i digress
I almost feel sorry for GB, but hey he wanted the job and he was prepared to take Blair down if he had stayed on (why is Tony Blair stepping down).
I can just imagine how Tony feels now. I think the Germans have a word for it, schadenfreude...


posted by ijebuman  # 4:57 pm
Schadenfreude, I always loved that word...

So you are hooked on the Register as well? That's nice to know...

As to the crisis that the UK (and a certain Gordon Brown) is facing in the coming year, I do have a lot of sympathy for him, but as I said a while back, he wished for it, he's gotten it big time...
They haven't sent me a letter, does that mean our (me, wifey & kids) information wasn't lost?
No it probably means.. it got lost in the post. It was sent out to everyone, so call them up to confirm if they sent it.
Schadenfreude indeed. Every successive PM learns that there is not much glamor and a whole load of stress to residing in #10.

One of the the more poignant scenes in the movie "The Queen" is when Tony B returns to Buckingham Palace after the summer of Britain's collective emotional diarrhea/hysteria and the Queen tells him she knows why he eventually stood up for her; because he realized some day it would be his head the crowds would be calling for. I guess Gordon B did not take that advice to heart.
was away in Naija when I heard the news. My friends were laughing at me.When I got back, I got the same letter. Just watch out for strange transactions on your bank account.I also heard that some syndicates have started selling the details on-line.
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