Hoist by her own petard

Cory Doctorow is gleeful that Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was caught fiddling her expenses by an irate neighbour:

Jacqui Smith, the surveillance-crazed Home Secretary of the UK, has been caught making extremely dubious expense claims for her government-paid “second residence” in London — caught by neighbours who ratted her out for what they perceive as a kind of “benefits fraud” on a grand scale. Ironically, Smith’s Home Office has put an enormous amount of energy into inveigling Britons to fink out their neighbours for the cheaper, smaller-scale benefits fraud and potential terrorist, launching tiplines for people who think their neighbours have too many mobile phones (a sure sign of terrorism!), and running ads that say “We’re closing in with hidden cameras. We’re closing in with every means at our disposal.”

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