£37 billion to achieve not very much? Well, OK, par for the course for government we might think.
£300 million on consultants? 1% of the budget? Got away lightly with that one I would think. After all, while we here all understand the uselessness of the big consultancies it is also true that the country had no method or manner of tracking the entire population. We don’t have ID cards, we simply don’t have any one system of this person is here and that’s them.
The argument is going to be that it should have been given to the local councils to do. And you’re going to have to do a bit more than say “government good, private bad” to convince me that would have led to a better system.
My starting point is that it was a massive task, one that wouldn’t be done well or cheaply by anyone. Even if it were worth doing which I’m not wholly sure of.