Feeds

New e-envoy named!

And the selection process was a waste of time!

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Updated Well, four months after Alex Allan quit as the government's e-envoy and after an open invitation to the UK for anyone to put themselves forward for the job, the incredible choice has been made. Yes, it's Andrew Pinder!

His selection hasn't been officially announced yet but the government has leaked the story to the FT today so it can write a puff piece about how great he is and how everyone loves him and what a no-nonsense, straight-talking kinda guy he is. ("He does not need a three-month honeymoon period and can get on with the job" - wow! What a man!)

D'you wanna know why he doesn't need a three-month honeymoon period? Because he's been the bloody e-envoy since Alex left. As soon as Alex departed, Andrew was named as e-envoy on a temporary basis "until a permanent replacement is recruited". The FT failed to point out Pinder has been doing the job for four months.

So, the question is: was he chosen because the government has as much imagination as a block of wood, was he chosen because the government needs its own man in there because its e-government dream is falling apart around its ears, or was he chosen because no one half-way decent bothered to apply to such an impotent job?

The FT makes a point of saying that "despite criticism of its effectiveness, the post drew 150 applications from across private and public sectors". So presumably it's the last explanation that's true.

So, who is Andrew? Sadly, he's another dyed-in-the-wool civil servant. He lived at the Inland Revenue. He helped computerise the PAYE system - and this apparently is his unique qualification for turning the lumbering government into a lean, mean Internet machine.

He left the civil service in 1990 and went to two typical ex-senior civil servants companies: Prudential and Citibank. Maybe we're being a little cruel to Andrew. But then if he's so great, why would his taking over the job on a permanent basis suddenly turn him into a star crusader? We haven't heard bugger all from him in the last four months. ®

Update

We have it from a reliable source that we may be being unnecessarily critical of Andrew Pinder. Apparently, Andrew is quite forthright with his views and can punch his way out a paper bag. He has a hatred of red tape and knows what he's talking about. Also, because he was a civil servant he gains that all-important respect from the public sector bigots. This is what we've been told. And we hope to God it's true. We'll try to get an interview with him and tell you what we think.

Related Stories

British E-Envoy quits

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.