Following massive success in the USA, is it time for UK Government to scrap the multi-billion corporates and hand over IT development to its schools?


CAP system: £200million – not working

NHS System: £14bn – not writing

Passport System

Immigration System 

TFGM

3 school kids wrote a computer system for the US government. It took 3 months and worked. OpThe Government admitted a professional procurement would have cost millions and taken two years.

So why is the UK Government  wasting millions on computer systems that don’t work, posting the same corporations to produce failure after failure,  when school kids can deliver working systems are a fraction of the cost?

Is it time to scrap the corporations and hand over the development of Government computer systems to our schools?

Watch this video.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_pahlka_coding_a_better_government

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Scottish Government Executive Team were made aware of CAP system conflict of interest at ‘Ask ET’ session and failed to act

Documents have come to light that show that the entire executive team were made aware of the conflict of interest on the highly troubled CAP system long before they acted upon it.

This in itself was strongly criticised by the Audit Commission in their report into the CAP System project in May, 2016.

The following emails were exchanged with the Executive Teams own Communications Manager, prior to the meeting and these questions and points were raised in person by a whistleblower on the project:

Directors,

As you know, the next meeting of the Strategic Board is taking place in Saughton House on Thursday, March 5. As part of the Board’s visit to Saughton, the Executive Team will host an ‘Ask ET’ session for staff from 1130 – 1230.

Colleagues can book a place on events online, and post questions in advance of the event on Yammer using the hashtag #asket. It’s an opportunity for Saughton colleagues to find out more about the work of the Executive Team, and vice versa.

I’d be very grateful if you could encourage colleagues in your area to book a place. They will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please let me know if you have any queries.

Kind regards,

Jacqui Randle

The following questions were submitted to the Executive Team on 2nd March, 2015:

asket What steps were taken to ensure the project officers did not benefit financially to roll off existing people from the AFRC project and replace them with cheap labour? How have those safeguards been measured and validated?

asket Given that it takes on average two weeks to bring on board new people to the AFRC project and that each team change so far has led to between 3 and 5 days project downtime, has the project recovered the 15 or so man years of lost time caused by rolling off productive people to replace them with cheap labour? How are you measuring the effectiveness of these decisions and what evidence have you seen to validate these decisions?

asket Considering thsat there is 29% youth unemployment in the local area, including IT graduates, what efforts did you take to recruit from this resident workforce for the AFRC project before seeking staff overseas?

From these written questions and the subsequent oral questions that were presented, it is clear that there remains a desperate need for a full inquiry into the CAP system debacle.

Nicola Sturgeon to reduce tax rate to 0.005% to attract American corporations?


With the latest EU ruling that Apple’s tax arrangements with Ireland were illegal because every other business paid 12% compared to their 0.005%; there are rumours that Nicola Sturgeon is to reduce corporation tax across the whole of Scotland to 0.005% to lure the IT giant north of the border.

“The EU ruling imposed such a massive penalty in order to bring the tax paid up to the same level as everybody else,” one SNP supporter told us over a few whiskeys.

“So the plan is to reduce corporation tax for everybody. That way the EU can’t complain when we join them after leaving the UK.”

“Nicola’s even offered to lend them her garage until they’ve found business premises.” 

The money lost by doing this can be made up from revenue from a magic salt pot which is rumoured to be at the bottom of the sea just outside Edinburgh and which is responsible for the sea being salty.

UK Businesses in mass complaint of Illegal State Aid to foreign IT Corporations


Following the Illegal State Aid EU ruling into the Apple / Ireland arrangement hundreds of small UK Businesses, tired of playing second fiddle to large foreign IT Corporations  have been complaining en masse that Tier2 visas, ICT visas and special foreign company tax arrangements also amount to illegal state aid.

“If Apple’s arrangements with Ireland amounted to illegal state aid, then we have to ask if the UK and Scottish Governments have been providing illegal state aid to the large IT corporations – including CGI and Spectromax who have both made a fortune out of the ill fated Cap System for processing rural payments. There have been complaints that they sacked UK workers in favour of cheaper foreign workers who are reported to pay zero or considerably reduced taxes compared to their UK counterparts due to incentivised tax arrangements.” One small business complained.

Those interested in adding their name to the complaint form can find it here:

http://ec.europa.eu/competition/forms/intro_en.html

Scottish farmers rush out to buy prize Bulls to secure CAP payments

Scottish Farmers who still haven’t received their EU subsidies have a new trick up their sleeve to grease the CAP system cogs.


One farmer explained the process in simple steps:

  • buy a prize bull
  • win a prize at the Turriff Show 
  •  when Fergus Ewing turns up to give you your £100 cheque shake his hand firmly and say “You don’t happen to have my feckin CAP payment as well do you old bean?”

Apparently it works a treat.

Now all we’ve got to do is wait for Scottish Government’s one and only expert to come back from his holiday on August 29th and we can finally get paid.

http://www.scottishsundayexpress.co.uk/news/uk/702412/snp-Fergus-Ewing-missing-payments-farmer

Will brexit force Westminster and Holyrood to address the parasite economy?

It’s been a roller coaster of a ride with a majority vote for brexit seeing both the pound and the euro plummet against the dollar and billions wiped off the FTSE.

The truth is that the FTSE is still up some 1600 points on this time last year and sterling will bounce back once the shorters have stopped milking the uncertainty.


But what of the parasite economy? The unsustainable race to the bottom? 

Well Nicola Sturgeon is already on her soap box for another referendum to split away from the rest of the U.K. on the basis that Scotland could go it alone to the EU.

The probability is that Scotland wouldn’t even qualify to join the EU if it went it alone, and with Scotland’s track record for throwing good money after bad whilst at the same time feeding the fat cats, they’re not going to qualify any day soon!

And what of Westminster?

Well the #remain campaign has fought it’s corner by calling its opposition racists and xenophobes. How dare anybody question their glorious EU.

But the EU is fat cat country where big business has learned to wield more power than whole countries and where milking the system is big big money.

Take the disastrous rural payment system – a pan European disaster caused by the same few companies throughout and unchallenged in their failure and the reward thereof.

Cheap labour throughout has undermined local businesses, destroyed local livelihoods and contributed to and relied on an indigenous skills crisis.

But here’s the catch – it is exactly this parasitic behaviour and ultimately corporate racism that many brexiters have railed against. Moving cheap migrant labour around en masse to be exploited, even if willingly, was abolished several hundred years ago – but now it is called market forces and good for the economy. The truth is, it pays people less for being ethnic, pays women even less than the men, and destroys everything it touches.

In fact, the parasite economy almost destroyed the Scottish rural economy and caused the rural payments project to go some £100m over budget, was criticised by the audit commission and now the project “may never be delivered” – and this has happened throughout the EU.

So, now we have voted through brexit to declaw these corporate predators it is time for Westminster and Holyrood to listen to the voting public, properly manage their financial affairs and finally address the parasites!

http://prospect.org/article/confronting-parasite-economy

http://reason.com/archives/2015/02/04/the-parasite-economy

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/parasite-economy-latches-new-host

UKBA FOI raises question – were CAP system migrant workers here illegally?


http://www.migrationwatchuk.org/briefing-paper/224

In a FOI response into the question of Tier2 visas and ICTs which were consistently used on the fiasco that is the CAP system, it would appear from the UKBAs own statement that most of these people were brought here illegally.

‘All migrants must be paid an appropriate salary rate to ensure that the resident labour market is not undercut’

This is not the case. Many workers on the project found their roles advertised for a fraction of the going rate before the Tier2 migrants joined the project.

The job that the Certificate of Sponsorship Checking Service entry records that the person is being sponsored to do:

(ii) is for the sole purpose of transferring skills to or from the Sponsor’s UK work environment. The appointment must be additional to staffing requirements, that is the role in the UK would not exist but for the need for skills transfer.

This again is not the case. No skills transfer took place and the role was used to replace UK workers.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/59078/response/152577/attach/3/1346%20Response%202011%2002%2018%20v1.0.pdf