back to article Digital Ministry merry-go-round set to continue as Nicky Morgan reappointed, made a life peer

Nicky Morgan's reappointment to the UK's Cabinet as secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) is controversial because only her peerage made it possible: she stood down as an MP in October. But the UK digital industries will be more concerned about priority for the role – Morgan has said she expects to …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "And there was us thinking that outsourcing had established a poor reputation all on its own."

    I won't go full-on "blame the victim" here, because I am sure the government loves their requirements creep. However, the outsourcing vendors have proven themselves pretty imcompetent.

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "We were the global leader in outsourcing"

    Yeah, and look at how that has left your Government IT. Not really something to brag about. You'd do better to bring stuff back in-house.

    Well, it's not like you have a choice anyways, is it ?

  3. Bunker_MonkeyUK

    Government and IT........?

    I wish they would appoint somone who actually has a clue.......

    5yrs of this, and I am glad that I didn't vote for it.

  4. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

    She said the collapse of Carillion was an example of how the government had damaged the reputation of outsourcing.

    Maybe they can tackle Crapita next?

    1. phuzz Silver badge

      I'm pretty sure Capita have being trying pretty hard all on their own to ruin their reputation, but sure, let's see if Boris can fuck it up any further.

  5. SVV

    We were the global leader in outsourcing, with the biggest contracts

    and the most expensive failures. Hence the lack of other countries wishing to follow the shining example that the members of your lobbying organisation have set. If they'd produced excellent work for a competetive price, they would have got more work because of their track record of success, and wouldn't need to pay for lobbyists to persuade credulous politicians to give more handouts to them. Uhntil they realise that sutomatic awarding of contracts to the lowest bidder is something very different to best value for money, because quality is worth a great deal, the cycle of failure will just repeat itself.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bloody socialists ...

    "full fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to EVERY home and business across the UK by 2025, offering £5bn of NEW PUBLIC FUNDING to boost investment where private sector providers found it uneconomic”

  7. sbt

    They must have installed a high-speed revolving door...

    ,,, whilst restoring Elizabeth Tower.

    How long before UK starts electing the upper house instead of appointing them? This gravy train is too ripe for abuse (sorry for mixed metaphor).

    1. TVU Silver badge

      Re: They must have installed a high-speed revolving door...

      What gets me is that Morgan is that not accountable to the elected House of Commons, only to the House of Lords. That old principle ought to be changed so that any government minister, whether an MP or peer, has to be directly answerable to the House of Commons.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: They must have installed a high-speed revolving door...

        I lost all respect for Nicky Morgan after watching a documentary speard over a year or so in Parliament where "she would never work in a government led by Boris Johnson", "Boris Johnson would be a disaster as PM", "Oh, Cabinet post you say?".

        Self-interested, un-principled career politician.

        (I know she's not alone but being so blatant about it really winds me up).

        1. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge

          I know there has been some intelligent and principled women have tried to reclaim the term "girly swot", and I'm sure it was used as a term of abuse to undermine hard working and clever women, but in my day a girly swot was someone who created the impression of organisation and intelligence in order to suck up to the teacher. More often than not, they were anything but smart; it was just a veneer; they just wanted to be popular with the authorities. Morgan seems to embody that type of personality.

          You'll notice, your honour, I did not directly call anyone a "girly swot". I only made a comparison.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            >in my day a girly swot was someone who created the impression of organisation and intelligence in order to suck up to the teacher.

            ...Boris et al attended all boys schools for them 'girly swot' has a rather different resonance.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Yes...a rather homophobic resonance

              Then again Labour and the SNP have many members who emit an extremely transphobic resonance.....

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