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Mar 23 2010   4:13PM GMT

They don’t like it up ’em

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No doubt Dad’s Army Cpl Jack Jones’ words were ringing in his ears as former Home Secretary David Blunkett recanted his belief in the National Identity Register and all that it entails at Privacy International’s 20th anniversary party.
Blunkett, Downtime readers will remember, began an affair with socialite Kimberly Quinn months after she married Spectator publisher Stephen Quinn. He subsequently contested the paternity of Mrs Quinn’s son.
But that’s not why he was forced to resign from the cabinet a second time. It was because he had broken Cabinet rules against accepting a directorship from a DNA test kit maker, DNA Bioscience, that was in a position to benefit from his political connections. (Does any of this sound familiar?)
The press had its sport with Blunkett, particularly as he had pushed for the widespread sharing of government-held personal information. So there was some derision in the room as Blunkett said that, as a result of his experience at the hands of the press, if he was a member of Liberty, he would be leading the charge against the ID card etc.
“Dogs howl and children cry when I mention ID cards,” he said, “but if I was Home Secretary now, I would be listening.”

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