Leadership is about responsibility – responsibility doesn’t always mean taking the fall when others mess up.
To this end I think that a Statement to the House of Commons by the Chancellor and the resignation of the Chair of HMRC is overkill for a junior staff error on loosing some computer disks. Sure they have personal details on them. Sure it shouldn’t happen. But its a good old fashioned cock up, and nothing to get worked up about?
Meanwhile having lent £1,000 for every UK taxpayer to Northern Rock and presided over the worst bank run in recent history, the Chancellor seems unrepentant about the Northern Wreck debacle.
Strange set of priorities?