DNA records

Calming down with the Sunday papers I see The Observer has carried the story about DNA that they spoke to me about earlier this week.

A private firm has been secretly keeping the DNA details of thousands of people. I predict that DNA issues will run and run and that all the assurances about the integrity of the database are not worth the paper they aren’t written on! The Government says the DNA database and DNA details are tightly controlled – the truth is rather different.

I had headed off this morning for a day of rugby. Not particularly my scene – but we have a great Haringey team – the Haringey Skolars – playing at home today. The Skolars’ Chair, Hector, has invited me to lunch followed by the afternoon watching the match. So off I go. The Skolars are Rugby League (not Union – I’m learning) and over the last eleven years they have built up not just a team, but a raft of supporters, Super Skolars (young supporters) and also work in Haringey schools to bring rugby to all. They are clearly completely and utterly committed to improving sport and life chances in the borough. Indeed that is why I am spending the day with them – to show support.

Given that the Skolars won 31 to 6 today (and they have not had the most successful season) it was definitely a very good day on which to see them play for the first time! Their home base is the New River Stadium in White Hart Lane and if anyone is interested they can contact them on 020 8888 8488 and the website is www.skolars.com.