Wednesday, December 17, 2008

All this public waste is born of a macho bigness fixation

"Anyone inquiring after the £12bn NHS computer will know that this useless piece of equipment has nothing to do with efficiency or public benefit. It is merely the ultimate macho investment, a vast contract suitable for real men to play with, bespeaking big jobs for ex-officials and big freebies for ministers. The computer is to NHS bosses what ID cards are to the Home Office and aircraft carriers are to the MoD. They confer virility on ministers and managers alike, more so than equipping the poor bloody infantry on their respective frontlines. Gordon Brown at the weekend lauded the 'bravery' of dead marines in Afghanistan, ignoring the added bravery required because he's blown billions on jets, submarines and aircraft carriers rather than boring field armour." —Simon Jenkins

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