Vince writes on why security checks have gone too far

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Vince Cable argues that the State should pull back on the obsessive checking in its attempts to wrap us all in cotton wool and stop the all bad things happening.

The endless checking is costly for the individuals, an unnecessary intrusion and a vast waste of resources at a time when public services are squeezed. Sunday schools and voluntary groups such as the Scouts have difficulty recruiting new leaders, one reason being the problems of adults being alone with children.

The Government has backed down from some checks. But the checking machine grinds on. Common sense and proportion have vanished as the system tries to avoid a repetition of the mistakes made before the Soham murders. One awful case – in which details of a sex offender were not passed to a new employer – has created a vast, costly bureaucracy with a life of its own.

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