If ever there was a good example of the inability of government to run its own affairs it has come today, with the revelation that last year benefit cheats defrauded us of more than £800 million. Not only that, the government wrongly paid out £1.9 billion, double the figure of five years ago. Added together, those two figures are the equivalent of an income tax cut of 2.5p. Scandalous.
There should be a public outcry, but there won't be. Why? Because this kind of incompetence is what we have come to expect from government. We are no longer shocked by it.
It is, of course, impossible to totally eradicate benefit fraud, but it shouldn't be impossible to eradicate overpayments. And if it is, then the whole system needs scrapping and replacing with one which DWP staff can understand without needing a degree in applied mathematics.