When we read and responded to a posting on William Heath's Ideal Government blog - "Why we think the EU data retention measures are necessary and proportionate", we were sceptical that it had actually been posted by or on behalf of the Rt. Hon. Hazel Blears MP , the motorbike riding Minister of State for Policing, Security and Community Safety at the Home Office.
It does seem to be a genuine (if indirect) blog posting by a Home Office Minister !
See John Lettice's commentary on this published in The Register.
We made a couple of obvious points about the examples which she trotted out to supposedly justify the retention of communications traffic data, belonging to over 450 million innocent people, for two years or even longer.
Now it is your chance to comment on Data Retention, either at Ideal Government or at the Open Rights Group or here on Spy Blog.:
At least someone in the Home Office media spin kremlin will have to read your contributions to the debate.