Strangely enough, I found myself hauled along to Irvine Drive in Margate this afternoon by a combination of the BBC, SKY and ITN. Nothing to do with the tragic story from the house in that street but a consequence of 25 million child-benefit records being lost by HM Customs & Revenue.
“How would you sum up the problem?” asked the BBC’s Jayne Peel in a call I just had from the BBC 10 O’clock News team a little later. “If it falls into the wrong hands, then off-the-record we’re *****d” I replied!
“That’s what I thought”, she said, taking me through the Chancellor’s statement to the Commons for more comment. "I'm from the Government and I'm here to help!"
I felt really sorry for the news crews in Irvine Drive, as I joined them shivering in the rain. One surprise is that the BBC 24 reporter is the Home Secretary’s sister! – It’s a small world!