Last week The Times reported that an expert was able to clone a new microchipped passport in “minutes”, which would be “accepted by the computer software recommended for use at international airports”.
The news will no doubt raise concerns over the government’s £4bn ID card scheme, which will use similar technology. Downtime cannot help think there is better use for the cash.
By our calculations, with the same £4bn, the government could build seven millennium domes or fund another one and half Olympic games.
On second thoughts, it might be worth giving ID cards a try.