Parliament Spends £500,000 on Software They Could Get Free

New figures released by the House of Commons Commission today reveal that parliament is spending £500,000 of taxpayers’ money on basic computer services that could be provided for free elsewhere. ‘Office 365′ is a service offered by Microsoft which hosts cloud versions of Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as “some new tools accessible once a user’s e-mail box has been migrated to Microsoft 365″. Initially only 12 MP signed up to the new system, with some tech-phobic members confused by the changes:

“We have received some negative feedback about the colour scheme of Outlook 2013 and about the new location of file/print/save buttons in Office 2013; similar feedback was received from House staff. In response PICT have produced guidance for staff on how to darken the colour scheme in Outlook and have been assured by Microsoft that they are working to address the interface issues in future upgrades.”

What Guido cannot understand, however, is why parliament is spending half a million pounds of taxpayer cash on Microsoft’s word processor, spreadsheet software and email service, when the equivalent services are all provided free elswehere. Many MPs already use other software that offers everything that Office 365 does, all online, free of charge. The men in tights are claiming spending all this money will save them over £2 million in the long run. But they needn’t be spending any money on it at all…

UPDATE: Parliamentary staff who have been forced to use the new system agree that it does not provide value for money:

Chuka Talks Trash About Cyber-Kippers

On the Marr Show this morning Chuka Umunna claimed voters feel disconnected from mainstream politics because they don’t know how to send emails or browse the internet and that “a lot of those voting for Ukip” in the European elections were not computer literate and can’t do things like use email or browse the internet. Note he didn’t say they couldn’t manage to vote in greater numbers than Labour supporters…

Evidence that Chuka is talking trash can be found all over the internet. This is particularly striking:

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How does Chuka explain that?

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We’re Owlright: The Best Ed Miliband Owl Tweets

This afternoon, the Labour Party press office tweeted this:

The internet reacted beautifully:

What a hoot.

Is Dom Cummings #Winning?

The last tweet from the once prolific parody @SteveHiltonGuru account, four days ago, was a generous response to former Gove SpAd and social media connoisseur Dom Cummings:

An appointment made even more unlikely by Cummings piling into No.10 in the Times this morning, not least calling the PM’s chief of staff Ed Llewellyn “a classic third-rate suck-up-kick-down sycophant presiding over a shambolic court”. Who else has been the author of some similarly colourful criticism of Llewellyn over the years?

What a remarkable coincidence. Hashtag winning…

Pledge Breaking LibDem Tweet of the Day

Impressive to u-turn in 140 characters…

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LibDem Website Euro Humiliation

Last week, the LibDem webpage listing the names of the party’s MEPs had the following url: www.libdems.org.uk/meps.

This afternoon, following the loss of all but one LibDem MEP at the Euro elections, the url has been updated to: www.libdems.org.uk/mep.

The page now looks like this:

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At least they won’t have any problem reaching quorum at their endless group meetings. 

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