Nanny loves IT, she loves to boast that she will make the UK the world's leader in respect of the "wired economy"; she also has a special love for the surveillance opportunities afforded by IT systems and the web.
In Nanny's view, IT will be the bedrock of her "Brave New World".
Unfortunately there is one small fly in Nanny's oinkment, she is crap at IT projects!
Colin Talbot, Professor of Public Policy at Manchester Business School and a leading adviser to the National Audit Office (NAO), has recently gone public with criticisms of Nanny's IT capabilities.
He says that it will take another 30 years before Whitehall can successfully deliver major IT projects, unless fundamental changes are made.
The Professor believes that endemic problems in the civil service mean that IT delivery failures will not be solved, and that Nanny's eGovernment Unit's Transformational Government (TG) strategy is "hype" (that's polite Professor speak for Bollocks!).
Professor Talbot says:
"The strategy reads like technology is a cure-all,
which is massively over-hyped and doesn't square with the record of large-scale government programmes."
He then lambasts Nanny's preference for the "gifted amateur", which in effect means that senior civil servants lack hands-on experience and are unqualified to do the jobs that they were hired for.
"We won't get over these problems until there are root and branch changes.
At the current rate it will take another 30 years for there to be any significant impact."
He should not be so pessimistic, as long as Nanny keeps using the services of high quality firms such as Crapita, there is nothing for us to worry about!