Another week, another example of a big government project failing at scale. This week, the NHS National Programme for IT is back in the news, but there’s also a blazing row over who’s to blame for the failure of the fire service programme, which reportedly cost taxpayers almost £500m.
Nick Clegg this week launched a new strategy to improve the diversity of Liberal Democrat MPs. But the high costs of standing for election, and the small number of winnable seats available, mean that progress will be slow.
For years government has been using private money for capital projects and public money for services. Guest blogger Ian Mulheirn, Director of the Social Market Foundation, thinks neither offers value for money. Perhaps it’s time to switch them round.