No need to say it, it goes without saying, it should be obvious to all but,
just in case it isn't obvious to all,
IDA is dead.
IDA, now known as "GOV.UK Verify (RIP)",
is the Cabinet Office Identity Assurance programme.
And it's dead.
GOV.UK is the award-winning on-line face of government in the UK and, as Public Servant of the Year ex-Guardian man Mike Bracken CBE CDO CDO told us back in October 2012, "GOV.UK is not Government on the Internet, but of the Internet".
What does that mean?
It's all something to do with riots. That's what he told the Code for America Summit a year later in October 2013. GOV.UK is the only defence against a recurrence of riots in the streets of the UK.
And it's all something to do with what Tim O'Reilly has called "Government as a Platform" (GaaP).
Some academics disagree. Professor Mike Martin of Newcastle University Business School for example. He points out that GOV.UK is a website, and not a government. Mark Thompson on the other hand, a lecturer at the University of Cambridge's Judge Business School, reckons that if only we plot certainty against ubiquity, GaaP will come to power.
Whichever, Mr Bracken is in no doubt about the general election we have just enjoyed here in the UK: "It was great to see GOV.UK handle the change of government so smoothly".