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The Department of Transport has maintained a clean sheet on wasteful and abortive IT projects, by opting not to record any such SNAFUs. Opposition MPs have been making a sport of asking the ToryDem government for details of messed up IT projects - often disingenuously given it was the previous Labour government that initiated …


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  1. The Indomitable Gall

    What's so disengenous...

    Disingenuity is when it's Labour doing the criticising. When it's the SNP, I see nothing disinguenuous about it, and there's therefore an unnecessary (and incorrect) implication in the article.

    1. Code Monkey


      The word "often" suggested to me that Labour were disingenuous, while the SNP et al weren't.

  2. Graham Marsden

    You've got to love the hypocrisy...

    "Mister Speaker! Our Government started large numbers of unworkable, irrelevant or downright misguided IT projects most of which have gone massively overbudget without showing any usable results. Would the current Government like to comment on how we are now accusing *them* of wasting public money by cancelling them?"

    1. N2

      Pot, Kettle, Black

      One can of course see through the crap & almost imagine the brief:

      "Look, we going to loose the election under Gordon nose picker Clown, but if we really fuck up big style before hand, we can spend the next term in opposition blaming someone else & it will all be OK because its not our fault.

      Springs to mind

  3. Anonymous Coward

    "issuing messages in German."

    "unstable setup when it was switched on" and "issuing messages in German."


    SAP, by any chance?

    Yep, SAP (with IBM in charge). What could possibly go wrong?

    "an SAP-based HR, payroll and finance shared services system was “one of the worst cases of project management seen by this committee”."

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Wonder what the messages said...


    2. Anonymous Coward

      And I thought...

      that the DfT were using the DVLA 'Shared Services' HR system - as this kit was located in servers room that contained no DVLA-only kit, and you needed a biometric pass to enter the server rooms (which you needed in addition to yor DVLA site / access pass).

  4. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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    It's not the *scale* of the fail that p^**es people off

    It's the *predictability*.

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