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Offline Bumpkin Pie

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'Fess up, who dobbed SBC in to Private Eye?
« on: June 23, 2010, 10:19:21 PM »
An interesting piece, smack bang in the middle of the "Rotten Boroughs" bit  entitled "Wiki Rikki" on page 13.

Oh the shame of it.  :-\   :embarassed:  :( :'(



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Re: 'Fess up, who dobbed SBC in to Private Eye?
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2010, 10:04:47 AM »
Surely Bumpkin they are not referring to Swindon?

How could they?

Why would they?

After all we are the most Vibrant and Inovative Council in the Country are we?

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Re: 'Fess up, who dobbed SBC in to Private Eye?
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2010, 01:25:05 PM »







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Roderick Bluh, Leader of Swindon Borough Council, must be happy today because,  after years of failing to 'Put Swindon On The Map' - one of his favourite and oft repeated phrases, his 'Getsignal WiFiasco' has finally put the name 'Swindon' on the magazine stands and coffee tables of the Nation....

.....because his 'visionary' leadership has led to the town becoming known as being a 'Rotten Borough'.

Bluh's 'Getsignal' project,  a public/private partnership between Swindon Borough Council & Digital City (UK) Ltd has proved high;y contentious with the taxpaying residents of Swindon, partly because the details of Bluh's WiFi 'deal' with local businessman John 'Rikki' Hunt were kept secret from 57 of Swindons 59 elected councillors by Cllr Bluh who was aided by a compliant corps of Council Officers.

At the official  launch of the Getsignal pRodject, Councillor Bluh Said:

    “The cultural divide between the public and private sector is closing, and the Signal offering just goes to show what can be delivered when working as a team. Connecting rural communities is a big issue for the south west, and what we are achieving in Swindon is a strong indication of the power of local government.”


The  reality of Bluh's 'Getsignal' pRodject, just the latest in a long line of Bluh's expensively failed vanity/legacy spends - always with public money and never his own - is that it has already swallowed £400,000 of Swindon taxpayers money and is several months behind schedule in completing even the first installation phase in the small town of Highworth .

Highworth has 12,000 potential customers available to it but as of last month, Digital City (UK) Ltd had managed to entice only 12 of them into paying for it's basic £5.99 perm month WiFi service.   On those numbers it is obvious that Digital City cannot last much longer unless Bluh, or another clueless fool,  decides to 'lend' it another huge wedge of public cash....which the public will never get back if the current performance of the pRodject doesn't miraculously improve.

The entire Borough of Swindon was due to have been 'WiFi'd by April 2010.   Highworth is still waiting, Swindon is still waiting, the £400,000 taxpayer loan to Digital City has been collected in full by Mr Hunt, but where's our WiFi ?



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Re: 'Fess up, who dobbed SBC in to Private Eye?
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2010, 03:52:02 PM »
ROFL!

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Re: 'Fess up, who dobbed SBC in to Private Eye?
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2010, 04:32:45 PM »
Leaving aside the issue of the £400k which has been passed over to Digital City, what is of primary concern is the 'output' associated with the loan - that 'output' is the £700k of net profit which Digital City is cheduled to produce at the end of year 2 - as year 1 is alost upon us should we be concerned at the possibility that the £700k will not materialise.  Remember folks the £700k was to be achieved without selling the concept or technology to other interested parties. and as i recall Coun Bluh was depending on some revenue to support his decision

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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2010, 07:04:17 PM »
It reminds me of the BBC Apprentice in that you have the two teams, one decides to go for the low value, large volume sale while the other team risks it all on the high value hard sale. It seems to me that DC have failed spectacularly with the low value, large volume sale as they have barely hit double figures for paying customers when the target was 3500 paying customer, 1000 paying businesses in year one. Is RH's visit to Bathgate and London Boroughs an attempt to go for the big bucks high value sale, hoping that other local authorities will bung him another cool half million at a time. A tricky pitch if these other local authorities look closely at what has happened here.

Is the problem also that DC have run out of cash as perhaps the business plan allowed for the continued role out to be funded by the hoards of subscribers that they were expecting to be beating back with a stick?

Also, what has happened to the other investors. Quite possible they are holding onto their ackers in these uncertain times as they did 10 years ago when the "dot com" bubble burst. 

So who is Sir Alan going to be pointing his dreaded finger of doom at and uttering the immortal words?
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Re: 'Fess up, who dobbed SBC in to Private Eye?
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2010, 09:21:42 PM »
It would be funny... if it wasn't the truth
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Re: 'Fess up, who dobbed SBC in to Private Eye?
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2010, 07:16:34 AM »
Yes Tea Boy - not for the first time Swindon has been shamed in that particular publication.

Private Eye seems more accurate than most of the news we read on offical channels, exposing Enron-like dodgy dealings in big companies.
 
Amazing how infrequently the editors are actually found guilty when they do expose these spectacular failings- and aren't even taken to court- because it is true..