“Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm” —James Madison
Thursday, September 06, 2007
What caused the £1.5bn farm payments fiasco?
"The single payment scheme's … implementation last year to a near-impossible timetable was a masterclass in bad decision-making, poor planning, incomplete testing of IT systems, confused lines of responsibility, scant objective management information and a failure by the management team to face up to the unfolding crisis." —Edward Leigh, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee