Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Can we get a refund?

It never ceases to amaze me the little snippets of pure gold that exist in Written Answers in Hansard. Take this little gem. In May 2004 the Department of Culture, Media and Sport paid Pricewaterhouse Cooper £114,000 for a 'Review of Olympic cost valdidation'. Just over a year later in November 2005 they paid KPMG £255,000 to 'provide validation of Olympic costs'.

These figures may appear small in the scheme of thing, but it's what they were paid for that matters. Evidently the reviews and validations of cost by these consultants have turned out to be absolute rubbish. So pray tell, how do we ask for a refund so we can chuck the money into the ever increasing Olympic budget?

5 comments:

anthonynorth said...

How do we get a refund?

An Olympian task indeed. Maybe they'll have a committee to look into it.

Travis Bickle said...

Ah the big consultancy firms, a licence to print money for writing exactly what somebody wants to hear, I wonder how many brown envelopes and corporate entertainment orgies this lot involves.

Anonymous said...

Could there be case for a professional negligence claim for several £ billion?

ThunderDragon said...

Maybe they just didn't like the answers they were getting?

Clunking Fist said...

Having worked in a small consulting firm, I know (or would hope) that the Review documents will have a proviso along the lines of:
"Assuming you politicians don't change your bastard minds and assuming you've given us the full story".