Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 19:43 UTC
Microsoft U.K. government staff suggested replacing Microsoft Corp. operating systems on computers with free alternatives in response to a call for ideas for Prime Minister David Cameron's cost-cutting drive.
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RE[3]: Bad Aftertaste
by kaiwai on Mon 12th Jul 2010 05:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Bad Aftertaste"
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...but all those costs can be put at the feet of the next set of government officials, in a few years, after the current ones move on, and write books about their exceptional challenges, and how great they were at tackling them.

It depends on whether you have a screwed up system like the United States where the public service is politicised to high heavens - in most mature OECD countries the public service operates at arms length of politicians with decisions being made independent of their political masters. There is a benefit to the politicians doing it that way though, when something goes wrong they come out scott free because they had no part to play in the fiasco.

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