Tuesday 16 December 2008

Ve have vays of making you small talk

The Department for Transport installed a super computer to run all its HR services and – you couldn’t make it up – it started sending messages out in German.

Brilliant. I hear the computer has now begun questioning Gordon Brown’s fiscal stimulus.

The DfT's shared services centre in Swansea provides human resources, payroll and finance support services to the department and its agencies

It was originally forecast to cost £55m but would lead to £112m of savings – a benefit of £57m.

But DfT now reckons the programme will cost £121m and produce benefits of £40m, resulting in a net cost to the taxpayer of £81m.

At least it will provide some small talk material when Lobbydog has drinks with Geoff Hoon tonight.

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