[...]the total cost of Labour's 10 most notorious IT failures is equivalent to more than half of the budget for Britain's schools last year. Parliament's spending watchdog has described the projects as "fundamentally flawed" and blamed ministers for "stupendous incompetence" in managing them.
I have no doubt that ministers are, as Michael Savage puts it, "too easily wooed by suppliers". The suppliers which we see winning government contracts again and again might also find it too easy to woo a minister. Particularly a minister and a department which would rather launch a high-profile, high-budget, high-risk project than adopt the smaller scale, incremental approach that creates few headlines when launched, but also has a much better chance of creating few headlines when it does not fail.