Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has condemned reports today that the Prime Minister was threatening government agencies with privatisation over internal problems and delays to passport applications. The BBC has reported that Boris Johnson made the threat during a Cabinet meeting today, suggesting that government agencies were not delivering “value for money”. The Public and Commercial Services Union, however, said that a lack of staff and poor management were among the causes of the backlog in processing passport applications. Cabinet Office Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested earlier in the week that the DVLA could also be abolished or merged.
Mr Carmichael said:
“Boris Johnson’s threats to sell off the Passport Office won't make a blind bit of difference to the families having to cancel holidays right now. This is just another attempt to pass the blame for his government’s failures.
“I have no shortage of gripes with the Passport Office, the DVLA and other government agencies apparently under threat from the Prime Minister, thanks to the array of cases my office has responded to in recent months in support of constituents struggling to get help. The problem with these agencies, however, is fundamentally with the ministers at the top.
“Every part of the Home Office is in disarray thanks to Priti Patel using her department to play politics. She must be sacked and additional staff deployed to process the backlog of applications at speed.”