Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Labour ministers: "We couldn't give a pissing fuck about you, your pathetic concerns about 'liberty', the checks and balances of the constitution, the traditional role of parliament of scrutinising public accounts, OR the potential cost to the taxpayer, so cunt the fuck right off, you twats."

There's a surprise...

7 Comments:

Anonymous Dan said...

I think it's a worry that I keep being reminded of the early Hitler years when reading about our government's tactics..

1/17/2006 11:12:00 am  
Blogger Justin said...

Simon Hoggart this morning:

They refuse to give their estimate of the cost because, they argue, if IT firms knew how big the budget was, none of them would bid any less.

Unless, you might think, they feared someone else would underbid them. But this sophisticated notion has apparently not occurred to the wizards who work in the Home Office.

It's back to the old question: is it incompetence or mendacity that drives New labour?

1/17/2006 12:11:00 pm  
Blogger Devil's Kitchen said...

I bid for a public contract last year that told us how much they had to spend (about £60,000 more than I thought that we could do the job for, as it happens) so I came about £8,000 under.

Didn't get it unfortunately...

DK

1/17/2006 12:54:00 pm  
Anonymous Pete in Dunbar said...

"It's back to the old question: is it incompetence or mendacity that drives New labour?"

...and it's back to the old answer. It's both.

1/17/2006 01:25:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sane way round would be -

1) What do we want?
2) Write a spec
3) Invite bids
4) Assess bids - with a bid contract you might want to narrow it down to a few, and then invite a really detailled study. At their expense.
5) Pop over to the Commons - "We have received the following detailled bids.... We are picking this one for these reasons."

Stesp 1-4 should involve spending virtually no government money. So, you do that *before* you announce your policy.

1/17/2006 05:26:00 pm  
Blogger edjog said...

Ah, fuck 'em. The whole scheme will collapse under the weight of it's own stupidity and peoples' refusal to take it seriously anyway. The technology will be unreliable and what's more to the point, those expected to use it will have no clue either. Criminals will connect the chip to a series of high voltage DC sources to destroy the contents of the memory and eventually they'll have no more use than for slipping between the lock and hasp of traditional front door locks to break into houses.

Shame it'll cost so much money, but that didn't stop The Dome did it?

Well done on the Bloody Devil Award BTW!

1/18/2006 10:17:00 am  
Blogger Ceridwen Devi said...

The creepy part is when you lose your ID or passport, as happened to two friends of ours who were robbed on separate occasions in Amsterdam, where it is a criminal offence not to have valid ID. There, those who don't have any are rounded up and kept in prison without trial till they are eventually deported even if they are EU citizens.

1/18/2006 10:25:00 am  

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