Saturday, April 08, 2006

NuLabour: £70 billion (at least) on consultants

From the Times, via Burning Our Money:
WHEN the Labour Party were in opposition, they lambasted the ruling Conservative Government for spending up to £500 million a year on management and IT systems consultants.

Now new Labour are in power, they seem to have changed their minds. Blair’s and Brown’s new Labour will not be spending a mere £500 million a year on consultants — they have much more ambitious plans than that…

This is turning out to be an expensive exercise that will cost us, the taxpayers, well over £70 billion — more than £20 billion for management consultants and at least another £50 billion for IT systems consultants…

Once new Labour and their consultants started blatantly lying and falsifying figures to prove that their failing policies were working, there was no turning back. The more that was spent, the larger the lies became. However, as the millions wasted became hundreds of millions and then billions, still with paltry results, lies were no longer enough to put a favourable gloss on the unfolding catastrophe.



Blogger Clematis Fraud said...

...and let us not forget all that off-balance-sheet money that is being shelled out in the name of PPPs and PFIs, and will continue to be shelled out for the next...oooh...twenty, twenty-five, thirty years.

8:56 pm  
Blogger the adventuress said...

The thing is, most "management consultants" are utterly worthless. Said with experience.

4:38 am  
Blogger DFH said...

...all that off-balance-sheet money
Quite so.

Adventuress - another quote from the Times article: We can take somebody straight off the street, teach them a few simple tricks in a couple of hours and easily charge them out to our clients for more than £7,000 per week, while we probably pay them around £700 per week. They're just snake-oil salesmen.

10:15 am  
Blogger Charles Martel said...

now you all know why independent I.T. contractors , like myself, have a nickname for Accenture, thats been doing the rounds since the late 90s.


I.T. "consultants" from the big management consultancies are utterly worthless prats who know fuck all. That is a fact.

If you want to get an I.T. job done - hire an indie contractor.

8:57 pm  
Blogger Charles Martel said...

in the late 90s, i was hired by Ass Enter based on my Perl coding experience.

i ended up on a 6 month assignment writing Word documents - and being billed to the client for around £8,000 per week.

I was a permie - on a salary of £25k per year.

Fact. It is an utter racket. Thing is , back then , the assignments were FTSE100 , so i didnt mind.

How it has now shifted to taxpayer funded pig troughs is utterly beyond me. It is clearly apparent that Nu Labour dont have a braincell between them.

God help us if Brownstuff ever becomes Prime Minister.

9:21 pm  

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