£230,000 is spent every day on 'Big Brother' identity cards and biometric passports, despite the project being widely considered doomed.
Taxpayers' cash is being lavished on 'development' costs, amounting to a record £42million spent in six months this year - or £229,508 every day.
LibDem spokesman Chris Huhne, who obtained the figures, said 'such enthusiastic spending is brazen'.
He added: Any taxpayer's money spent on ID cards is wasted - they will not fight terrorism, cut crime or halt illegal working.
So Alex, when one of your UNIONIST PALS stands up at FMQs on Thursday and asks how much you are spending on the independence referendum, you can tell him that a scheme that HAS NO CHANCE OF COMING TO FRUITION COST £85 MILLION IN 2008/09.