Thus when the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls was asked "what reviews have been undertaken by external consultants of the security measures proposed for the ContactPoint [children's] database", the response from his minion, Kevin Brennan was as follows,
ContactPoint has been subject to scrutiny at key stages throughout its development. My Department’s own Chief Security Officer—external to and independent from the project, has checked the Security Policy, the security architecture, and our risk assessment, and found them to be appropriate.I bet the Chief Security Officer is absolutely delighted that he has been given advance warning that in the event of failure it will be him - not his boss - that will be a public pariah.
Evidently we have reached a new zenith in the world where minsters no longer take accountability for things that go tits up. Now they're not taking responsibility for things might go tits up instead.