Just how the Ministry of Defence and Silly Walks managed to spend £22 on a lightbulb that could have been bought for £1.50 down the local supermarket is the most gobsmacking mystery since … well since the MoD managed to spent £103 to buy a screw.
What’s wrong with a screw for £103 you might well ask, after all Belle du Jour charges £250 and although that is top end of the market we can’t ask the lads who are putting their lives on the line as they defend the realm to be making do with a tupenny upright in a back alley can we?
Ah, someone has just corrected me. It was the metal type of screw which cost the Ministry over £100 not an erotic one.
This kind of insane overspending has been a feature of government procurement departments for ever. When I got my whelchair back in 1997 I was told they cost the NHS £1500 each.
Fifteen hundred quid for a couple of bike wheels, two trolley wheels, about twenty five feet of bent tubing, a few catches, screws, plasticky bits and eighteen inches square of tarp for a seat? My daughter’s car cost less than £1,500 and it has taken her all over Europe in the past five years.
FFS how do the public sector do it. Do these overpaid, underrworked civil sdervants with their degrees in Public Administration with Flower Arranging and such not understand about sending out a specification, getting some quotes in, comparing prices and quality and choosing the one that offers the best value.
Perhaps they find the more public money they can spend the easier it becomes to delude themselves they are real people.
Dave, Nick, George, Vince, if any of you read Boggart Blog (and we’ll be mightily pissed off to find you don’t) here’s a idea. Sack all public sector purchasing officers and hire some Meerkats. It would save a fortune and wipe out the deficit at a stroke.