I do try not to be cynical about the world but things like this don’t really help with that.

David Blunkett has taken a job advising a company interested in bidding to run Britain’s controversial identity cards programme, a policy he was the architect of and championed in government.

How, erm, coincidental that a man so determined to make the British public fork out to have ID cards for no sensible reason, coupled with a vast and almost certainly bug-ridden and delayed database, should subsequently be employed by a company registering an interest in the whole project