Procurement News – OK, you think of a better title then….

We're starting a new feature today (yes, I know it's Sunday; but Rust Never Sleeps as Neil Young famously said).

We may think of a snappy title for it, but basically it will be a brief digest of procurement news from the Press, other blogs, websites and sources.

I can't promise it will be daily (at least not yet) and it is not our intention to make clever, informed or sarcastic comments on every piece we feature (although sometimes we will); it may just be a simple 'you might want to look at this'.  But hopefully it will help readers find interesting procurement 'stuff' that you might otherwise miss in the ever-increasing deluge of information which threatens to engulf us....

The Sunday Express has a moan about the fact that the new Army uniform is made in China. While there are serious discussions to be had here around UK manufacturing capability and MOD supply chain effectiveness, they go hard on the 'security' angle.  The Express says;

A senior Whitehall figure said last night: “We need to be economical with our procurement decisions but not at the cost of security.”

Security?  So does he think they're shipping the uniforms over with very small Taliban fighters hidden in the turn-ups?

Computer Weekly has a blog here about public sector IT framework contracts, Buying Solutions, the Efficiency and Reform Group and local versus central Government procurement.  A bit 'techie'  in places but interesting.

The Independent on Sunday has a piece saying suppliers to Government are all doomed - doomed I tell you.  It contains this observation.

"Legal agreements between government and their service providers are very different from ones between two private companies," one public sector procurement expert said. "They give government massive flexibility – in some cases to renegotiate fees each quarter."

Exactly the opposite of what I would have said if I'd been the 'procurement expert'.  In my experience, private sector contracts are much more flexible in most cases (if there even is a formal contract)!

And finally, a very powerful analysis of welfare reform and Whitehall politics from Fraser Nelson in the Spectator .  Not directly procurement I know, but if you've got 5 minutes, an illuminating, serious read.

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  1. Drew1166:

    Hi Peter, thanks for taking the time to flag these articles – particularly enjoyed the Fraser Nelson piece (I so hope he’s right) and the Computer Weekly article.

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