Monday, March 03, 2008

What is the DWP hiding?

What is it about Government press releases these days that make you just think "hmmmmmm what's the real story then?".

Between 1992 and 1997 "trust" was lost for the Tories and the rise of the "why is this lying bastard lying to me" attitude took hold, and, whilst such outright cynicism may seem counter-productive you just can't help it when you see announcements like this.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) quarterly Statistical Summary, scheduled for publication on Wednesday 13th February 2008 will not be released. As a result of this, the DWP Tabulation Tool will not be updated to show August 2007 figures. Therefore, May 2007 figures will remain the most recent statistics available.

In light of the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer last November about data transfer and security at HMRC, the DWP Permanent Secretary announced a review of how we transfer data. Whilst the review was ongoing, a temporary suspension of any movement of data was introduced.
They couldn't possibly be using their own incompetence with data security to avoid publishing figures that might show that they're also incompetent, could they? It all just seems a little to convenient doesn't it?

2 comments:

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

They're so incompetent they can't prevent a clear public perception of their incompetence in covering up their incompetence.

Cipriano Mera said...

Well I'm not going to complain. I've got a lot of money riding on HMRC not finding me....