>Oh wait, this is happening under EU procurement rules, wonder if there may be something wrong with them? Maybe not but wouldn't it be nice to be allowed to modify them.
Just for comparison, can you provide figures comparing the failure rate of UK government IT projects with other EU government IT projects. If the figures are the same (and I genuinely don't know either way), then it implies a problem with the procurement rules. If the UK figures are significantly worse, then surely its down to the management of the process by the UK government?