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Plundering the Public Sector: How New Labour Are Letting Consultants Run Off with 70 Billion of Our Money [Paperback]

David Craig
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10 April 2006
In their crusade to modernise public services, New Labour are giving vast amounts of taxpayers' money to management and IT systems consultants. They are everywhere - the Inland Revenue, MoD, Education Department, NHS and Downing Street. But are these management wizards giving us schools and hospitals that will be the envy of the world, or are they just siphoning off billions that should have been spent on the frontline services? And the biggest and most expensive consulting catastrophe of them all may still be yet to come - up to GBP 30 billion taken out of patient care to pay for the new NHS computer system. Isn't it time to ask how our money is really being spent?

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Constable & Robinson Ltd. (10 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845293746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845293741
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Craig spent most of his career working for some of the world's best and worst management consultancies. After writing two whistleblowing books, "Rip-Off" and "Plundering the Public Sector", about how consultants take millions from businesses and government departments while delivering little of value, he was blacklisted and so left the profession.

Since then, he has written several books about government corruption, incompetence and waste, including "Squandered: How Gordon Brown is wasting over one trillion pounds of our money" and "Fleeced: How we've been betrayed by politicians, bureaucrats and bankers", both of which won the Hammond Whiteley journalism award. He is also the author of "The Great European Rip-Off" and "Pillaged! How they're looting £413 million a day from your savings and pensions".

He is the founder of the Taxpayers Party -

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'this is a gripping and important book, one that it is impossible to read without becoming angry.' -- New Statesman, August 7, 2006

Craig... writes with passionate disgust and with rich detail -- Management Today

If you want to know how the public sector works, or why and how
large projects fail, this book is for you!
-- August 2004- ZD WEB- UK

One of the key texts to understanding New Labour. -- Lobster

`An important book.'
-- Surging for Oil

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Famous Five Invade the UK 12 July 2006
This is a detailed history, and a coruscating critique of New Labour's seemingly never ending and increasingly pathological infatuation with the major management and IT consultancies recycling their obvious and faddish nonsense round the world, with the UK providing the easiest and juiciest pickings. Given the near-universal commercial secrecy of the deals between the consultancies and the public sector, it is hardly surprising that there are some gaps in the costings - but Craig and Brooks seem to have come up with pretty good estimates from secondary sources and insider guesstimates. The numbers are jaw-dropping.

The authors clearly have a great deal of experience in IT consultancies (that Craig has worked in the industry for many years is irrelevant). Their account of the serial disasters in IT systems in the UK (Criminal Records Bureau, Inland Revenue, Child Support Agency, Passport Agency etc, etc) shows that New Labour is congenitally incapable of learning from its ritual mistakes, wonderfully aided in their mass-narcosis by departments themselves widely invaded by consultants who increasingly rapidly whizz round the revolving doors between the public and private sectors, and who then magic up their own self-adulatory end of term reports. Only the Commons Public Accounts Committee emerges honourably as any kind of brake on the stupidity of government departments being taken in by this bilge, and it is the verbatim accounts of exchanges in this Committee that provide the most hilariously tragic paragraphs in the book. It's not the authors' fault that the exchanges are farcical (see earlier review); the questions asked are sound and frequently hard-hitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory reading for all taxpayers 4 July 2006
I read this book because I read in the papers that the writers have been invited by the government to participate in a big enquiry into its use of consultants. Critics being invited inside like that doesn't happen very often so the book must have got something right ... The chapter about the NHS system is eye watering and should be compulsory reading for all UK taxpayers. For a real laugh, see the bits about the Ministry of Defence trying to explain why its projects keep going over time and budget ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute eye-opener! 24 Oct 2006
By Stefan
After reading Rip-Off! this book was a complete eye-opener on the consulting industry in the public sector, and pretty much confirmed what I experienced.

An absolutely excellent read that will make your blood boil at the money squandering in government and make you get off your feet to do something about it.
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