» Wednesday, November 17, 2004


Asked about the 2 "Quango" chiefs who had resigned today and what the government’s thoughts about them were, the PMOS replied that they were two completely separate cases, and should be treated as such. He said he thought it was a mistake to conflate the two, and the departments concerned had set out the reasons for each case. He stressed again it was important not to compare the two cases.

Asked if they were an embarrassment to the government, the PMOS replied that of course, in a perfect world, such things would not have happened, but as with the CSA case, IT projects were notoriously difficult to get right first time. This did not mean, however, that the aim was not the right one.

Asked if the Prime Minister had apologised to the victims of the "screw-ups", the PMOS replied that obviously the Prime Minister regretted that people had had their cases delayed, as he had indicted in the House. The way to fix it was to work out the remaining IT problems.

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  1. paraphrased

    "We would not like voters to think that the government had anything to do with the failings of these individuals especially because it was government tinkering that caused all the problems".

    Comment by Roger Huffadine — 18 Nov 2004 on 6:43 pm | Link

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