I have just had a meeting with a senior civil servant in his office in one of the more security-conscious parts of the Whitehall diaspora. I couldn’t help noticing the four separate screens on his desk. When I asked, he explained that one screen allowed him to access public material, one monitor was linked to a computer system that was authorised to handle material up to a RESTRICTED classification, another to a system that could handle CONFIDENTIAL material, and the fourth was – you guessed it – was for SECRET items.
I was suitably impressed.

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