I’m currently reading the Bumper Book of Government Waste 2008 by Matthew Elliot of the Taxpayers’ Alliance and Dr Lee Rotherham. It’s an excellent piece of research and amusing too (rare for a political tome) so forgive me if I quote a few sections over the next few days. Here’s two about the Home Office:-

“Not that its job is always straightforward. It includes keeping a lookout for members of the 14th Waffen SS Division who are still knocking about, sixty years after the end of World War 2. Apparently, there are 1,450 former storm troopers on our streets. As a Home Office Minister explained, “The Metropolitan Police visited a sample of 13 former members in 2005 to ascertain any information about crimes against humanity but no such crimes were disclosed.” You don’t say.”

“The Home Office is also, we understand, the lead department for tackling a number of designated gang units. However, due to Health and Safety risk assessments, members aren’t allowed to actually go out and meet the gangs. They leave this to unpaid volunteers, who are deemed expendable.”