March 29, 2007

Smash the State (a bit)

In order to try and cure it's woeful performance the government is proposing a de-merger at the Home Office. It is going to split the internal security powers away from the justice powers, which could hopefully mean that the new justice department is less likely to be as prone to go trampling over civil liberties in the name of internal security as a result of the internal empire building that goes on in all bureaucracies. It might even mean that both parts can focus better on their respective functions and so perform more efficiently. I'm sure I remember Nosemonkey saying that it was “about bloody time” that that bureaucratic monster was split for these reasons months ago, which I completely agree with. Unfortunately this also means another cabinet minister, unless they also propose to split John Reid in two as well. Now that would be something to celebrate.


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