Those of you who were beginning to worry about the cost of what has now become (according to Scotland Yard) the most expensive post property search ever known, need not worry any longer.
Police have given up on the search for the missing Customs and Revenue discs containing personal details of 25 million people.
The final bill for this fruitless search is expected to come into many millions of pounds.
However, HMRC is not worried, as it is only taxpayers' money.
The search did come up with some useful information. Specifically, it highlighted how abysmal the day to operations and organisation of HMRC really are.
Officers found unrelated mislaid documents "stuffed away in cupboards".
The original team of investigators consisted of 46 detectives, this was then cut to 32, plus many other specialists.
The Telegraph quotes a Scotland Yard source:
"There was a lot of pressure to find the discs and vast resources thrown at it - more than you would see used in a major murder investigation."
The overall opinion of Scotland Yard, as to the "quality" of the HMRC centre where the discs were lost in Washington, Tyne and Wear was:
"an inept battery farm of civil servants, where no one knows what the person on the next desk is doing".
That just about sums up the quality of HMRC and this government.
The police also noted that, contrary to the Chancellor's claims, several people knew about the lost discs, including senior managers.
A government minister lying, and trying to blame a junior!
What a disgrace!
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