William Heath labels the spat between the LSE and Charles Clarke as an official ding dong.
"However much Home Secretaries care to insult the dozens of distinguished academics behind the LSE work and the thousands of opponents of this unfortunate scheme who have tried in every manner from email to online music hall to engage with their errant paid servants on this matter, no-one in their right mind calls Howard Davies (formerly head of the FSA, Audit Commission etc) mad or an intellectual pygmy.
The Home Office needs to come clean about its costings and open up to debate with its critical friends about the aims and the correct architecture for this. We're all in this together, as we keep saying. The big momma identity backplane is going to happen, and we're going to get it right."