Re: The encryption horse is free
If every home secretary for the past 20 years or so ends up crossing over to the dark side, I can only conclude that it's the civil servants that are pushing it.
Got it in one. My theory is that the only things they allow the Home Secretary to read are the worst crime statistics and Judge Dredd stories. (Blunkett presumably got audio books.)
Note also that there's now talk of having to prove your identity when voting. Given that not everybody has a driving license or a passport we obviously need another solution. In a Sir Humphrey voice: "Well Minister, how about introducing identity cards? Think how much easier it would make things - it could be used by the NHS and HMRC as well, which would cut costs."