I mustn't laugh, I mustn't laugh, I mustn't...
Sorry, I just had to get that out of my system. The news today that Hazel Blears has had a laptop stolen which contains sensitive government information which she shouldn't have had stored on it is priceless.
This is a woman who has been lecturing us for years about the need for increased security. Indeed, as a former minister for counter-terrorism, Blears would have been well aware of the need to ensure that sensitive government information is stored securely. Also, in that role she wrote a preface to an executive summary on Cyber Trust and Crime Prevention, so she is certainly aware of the issues surrounding computer security.
So what does she do? Load some sensitive info onto a personal computer which she had no right to do and then be careless enough to leave it somewhere where it was able to be stolen. The woman is a comic genius. Book her now. Available for weddings, funerals and bar-mitzvahs.
The question is what happens to her now. The Cabinet Office employee who left secret documents on a train was immediately suspended pending a disciplinary enquiry, so is there any reason whatsoever why the same should not hapen to Hazel Blears? If she isn't at least suspended, the Government will be open to the accusation that it doesn't believe it's subject to the same rules as everyone else.
Better still, she should be interned for 42 days while we try and find out just why she's so bloody stupid. Unfortunately, I suspect that would take rather longer than 42 days.
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