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Daily Archives: March 4, 2009
Very interesting story in this morning’s Times about Essex County Council looking to outsource some or all of its services to the private sector. The contract could be up to £5.4bn and – if the council goes ahead – would be the biggest of its type.
What the piece doesn’t mention is that the council has just axed BT Group from providing its I.T. services and taken provision back in-house.
We all know it sounded wrong when Gordon Brown blurted out “Barack” in the Oval Office. But this wasn’t just a matter of straying from the West Wing script. Brown was officially in breach of protocol.
The only publication worth consulting on this terribly important matter is the Hand-book of Official and Social Etiquette and Public Ceremonials at Washington, a must-read for visiting dignitaries hoping to build special relationships.