Francis Maude (pictured), the Cabinet Office minister, is in the limelight for the second time this week. He's now proposing to get rid of the Census, which takes place every 10 years and replace it with a different and cheaper way of measuring the number of people in Britain. The suggestion is likely to be approved by Cabinet next week.
It will be too late to prevent the next Census on 27 March, 2011 from going ahead, although Mr Maude is looking at ways of reducing the £482 million cost. Labour had already spent £300 million on the project which will be organised by the Office for National Statistics.
Geoffrey Robertson QC, a constitutional barrister, said the news was 'regrettable' since some sort of count had been carried out by the monarch or government for almost 1,000 years.
"Future historians will be less able to interpret Britain in the Cameron/Clegg era as a result of this decision- maybe that is the reason for it," he said.
It's interesting to note that Mr Maude intends to count the population more frequently - perhaps every 5 years - using databases held by credit checking firms, Royal Mail, councils and government.
"This would give you more accurate, much more timely data in real time. There is a load of data out there in loads of different places," he said.
Don't we know it. If they don't have enough information about you then it can be easily acquired.