I follow the blog of Conservative MP Ian Liddell-Grainger not because I am a Conservative but because he has been outspoken on the subject of the massive outsourcing failures at Southwest One. His blog today reveals what Capita and BT bid when they were competing against IBM. At the same time the local paper in Somerset reveals the Conservative council are now spending between £3 and £5 million on highly paid consultants to take over the jobs of staff made redundant.The article uses phases like "Delivery Agents" and "Change Programmes" and it all has a horrible similarity to what is happening in Barnet. Reading this blog should be mandatory reading for every single Barnet Councillor to illustrate just how badly wrong outsourcing contracts can go. Does anyone in Barnet believe that Capita BT or EC Harris will deliver value for money. I think the jury is out on that one.
To Richard Cornelius, please do some digging, give Mr Liddell-Grainger a call and find out more about his experience of outsourcing. Get his views as a fellow Conservative. If you are still confident that the One Barnet programme makes sense then tell the public why. However if you are terrified by what he tells you then for goodness sake bring this mad-capped scheme to a halt before it bankrupts Barnet.