I think we all know that nobody has said half of what needs to be done to actually sort this problem out, and I certainly do not believe that any of the (now 3?) contenders have either the moral courage or political will to address the issue. Working on the Bob Hope principal: Q. "How do you get to be worth $500 Million" A. "Simple. You save $1 Million every year for 500 years" it must be possible to make a few suggestions to help out Dave, Nick and Gordon save a few million here and there until it all adds up. It is clearly pointless sending these to any one important with the election looming; slagging off everyone else is currently far more important to all politicians. I shall start. I was first vetted over 20 years ago, and my vetting has never lapsed or been removed. Since leaving the army, I have applied for many jobs, some of which, including my current post, have required me to be vetted. I have now been vetted, at considerable expense, by no less than 4 different agencies. For all of them I have had to fill in exactly the same forms. Virtually all Ministries, most national agencies, 43 Home Office constabularies and god alone knows who else all run their own vetting departments, maintain their own records, have their own standards and probably do everything differently. I don't know how much it would save, but standardising the whole system and putting it under control of one agency (the Security Service would seem to be the obvious choice) would be a small start. I have no issue with filling in the forms repeatedly, it is a good way to check details - and frankly I still don't think that they realise what they've done. It is the total lack of co-ordination, trust and communication that amazes me. I am not surprised that the cops don't talk to each other, the information black hole - otherwise known as "Intelligence-led Policing" - which characterises their efforts is well known. I am, however, surprised that no-one in government is grown up enough to rationalise this system. As an aside I am running at 2 CRB checks at the moment as well. I reckon that we are now down to Â£166,500,000,000. If we keep this up we will have the problem licked in time to tell Important People about it.