One of the enduring (and tremendously) harmful myths of our time is that the state is somehow more efficient than the rest of society (or, worse, somehow infallible). That absurdity underpinned the fatally flawed ID Card scheme, as discussed yesterday, and with absolutely no lesson learned, it went on to - and continues to - underpin the monolithic NHS Summary Care Record.
Behind these new schemes is the idea that they never make mistakes with existing databases, ho ho! Click on the "database" button in the cloud to the right and you'll see the fallacy of that notion, and here's another little pearler spotted by a BBW reader:
Friday, January 7
THERE seemed to be a bit of confusion for one gentleman in the [Bedford] magistrates’ court today. He wasn’t sure why his driving licence had suddenly been revoked, when he hadn’t done anything wrong. It turns out his brother – who he incidentally doesn’t have contact with – has a rather similar Christian name to his, starting with the same initial.
‘Admin mistake’ the court called it. I think this man may have had another name for it.
By Alex Deane
Hat tip: PM