Hissingsid - 6:56 pm on Apr 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
And likely because they're immune to their own laws.
This is an EU directive but is in UK law and is to be policed by the ICO. There are criminal sanctions so suing will not be what they do, prosecution would be more the thing.
What I think will actually happen is they'll warn you and give you a chance to comply. Government websites are not above the law though.
The law does not talk about cookies at all but "information stored on terminal equipment" so rather stupidly information stored on the server is not covered.