Shouldn't they be cheaper by the yard?
According to Joe Harley, chief information officer at the Department for Work and Pensions, only 30% of the government's technology-based projects are successful. Which, if I've got my sums right, means that 70% are failures.
He also says that the government is currently spending a staggering £14bn pa on IT. That's equivalent to 4p on the standard rate of income tax, or around £600 pa for every British household.
He discloses some other jaw-dropping facts. Like the fact that large chunks of spending go on desktops, with some departments spending as much as £2,400 for each one. Even the most thrifty apparently spend £700 each, and the DWP alone currently has more than 100,000.
Just for comparison, Dell's recommended "Home Essentials" PC starts at £249- and that's retail, including VAT and shipping. True, it can't really handle games, so all those assistant commissars might have problems with the latest version of Grand Theft Auto, or Crysis.
But you know what?
I don't care.