Today, the Home Office reports a 21% rise in drugs offences and 6% rise in reported robberies this year.
Some voices have tried to pin its ineptitude down to structural problems, rather than New Labour mis-management. The Guardian blames what David Cameron called "systemic failure" on the Home Office over-stretching itself, despite having at least 15,000 civil servants at its disposal. It hasn’t had to manage ID cards yet.
"Once the present mess is under better control, the department’s
functions should be separated into a ministry of justice and a ministry
of the interior. The Home Office is a Whitehall conglomerate that would
do better broken up."