We were a bit puzzled why the disgraced former Home Secretary David Blunkett did not, as we feared, witter on about ID Cards in his much hyped "political comeback" "English identity" speech to the Nu Labour Institiute for Public Policy Research (.pdf) on the 14th of March 2005.
The Guido Fawkes blog points to a possible reason for this, namely the fact that David Blunkett now seems to be a paid advisor to a firm of lobbyists called Indepen Consulting Ltd, some of whose clents will no doubt be weighing the prospect of multi-billion pind Government IT contracts, against the reputational risk to their brand images of being associated with a repressive , "Big Brother" IT project disaster in the making.
The Register of Members' Interests entry (updated 28th January 2005) confirms this:
"2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc... Adviser to Indepen Consulting Limited, giving seminars on relationship between government and business. (£5,001-£10,000)"
It also raises the obvious question of why, for example, a senior Civil Servant is forbidden from being employed in such a way for at least a year, but a disgraced former Cabinet Minister can get on the gravy train after only a month out of office ?