Much rubbish is said about the differences between public and private sector - often to justify centralised empire-building or reluctance to clarify objectives and set priorities. But there are some genuine fundamental differences. Failure to recognise them has doomed several well-intentioned systems to help those in most need.
IT suppliers find it hard to understand the animosity to them from politicians when they are blamed for "failure" despite having done all that the contract said. The reason is that the politicians remember being told that the new system will do whatever they want - but not that they had to be clear about what they wanted - and were not allowed to change their minds.
Sixty delegates crammed into a room for 40 for the Conservative Technology Forum meeting on "Accessible broadband for all" at the party conference. Perhaps the high spot of the discussion was a speaker volunteering to deliver 2 megs inside two weeks and upgrading it to ten megs next spring, in response to a question from a Councillor representing a nonspot in the South East