Tories plan open door for open source. Friends joke that self employment and age have been pushing me progressively to the right over the last few years, but joking aside things like this do make the Tories more compelling. I’ve always been to the “Orange Book” end of the Lib Dems (more Lib than Dem, if you get my drift). Seeing an opening up of Government procurement, particularly for IT projects, is (to my mind at least) absolutely vital, and quotes like the following are exactly what I’ve been wanting to hear for some time. Shame they have to come from the Tories to hit the press, I suppose. But at least the debate is open for a short time at least. Likesay, I’m not a Tory, but…..
But, there is bigger game, which is the culture of secrecy in public sector procurement that has flourished behind the “commercial in confidence” defence. The Tory plan will work on the premise that secrecy hides bad decision making, protects vested interests, locks small, innovative firms out of government business, and could be one reason why the government has such a bad reputation for IT.