Saturday, 22 August 2009

Yet Another IT Problem

Why is it that every time this government gets involved with IT there is a problem which results in the taxpayer being left 'inflamed' with the waste of money that ensues.

A small article in the Daily Telegraph print edition (no link) relates the fact that nine new regional fire service control centres have been standing empty for a year at a cost to taxpayers of £1.5million a month. The Daily Express has also covered the story in slightly greater detail and mentions the 32,000 sqft building at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, which cost £23million to build. Other than problems with software, no further details are available.

Whoever is responsible for this debacle should promptly be fired, likewise the Minister who is responsible for overseeing the entire project. Likewise the government spokesman, who is quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying that the building in Waterbeach is not 'idle' but is used for meetings. At £1.5million a month?!

Ye Gods!

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