There have been suggestions that this years census will be the last due to the cost incurred.
Now, granted that £500 million is a lot to find while we're making "cuts", but given that the census only takes place once every ten years then in the grand scheme of things it is a drop in the ocean. Are the government really suggesting that we won't be able to afford it in the future? Perhaps they are - in which case they seem to share my view that this "recession" is going to be a little more serious than most think.
However, I don't believe they really believe that. The Tories are signed up to the globalisation fantasy that we in Britain can maintain our high debt, high salary, high living standards based on an economy that is primarily geared to buying stuff and producing nothing.
And under that fantasy they expect us to be living the high life again within a year or two - and that this will continue unabated for the rest of eternity or until global warming consumes us in a fiery hell/watery grave/frozen tomb/dusty disaster (delete as appropriate) whichever comes first.
I suspect the real reason they want to stop doing the census is something else.
Because the fact is that in ten years time it will be impossible to hide the fact that the policies of successive governments over the last 30 years have changed the racial and religious makeup of Britain forever.