Drafted this as a post earlier .. I of course could be totally wrong or naïve but the thing which strikes me time and time again would appear to be the absolute lack of skill of successive Governments to create within the MOD / Civil Service / whatever a pool of highly paid , trained and qualified buyers , contract writers / negotiators , progress chasers , budget monitors , and *rrse kicking personnel to be involved from day one on any new contract . I feel sure on the reverse side of the coin the supplying contractors will have invested in spades in the appropriate areas to ensure they totally exploit the corresponding apparent lack of skills within Government procurement . Even if the set up costs were hundreds of millions of pounds we would not find ourselves as we do now tied into contracts for kit that we may no longer really want / need . As has been said before if private industry demonstrated the buying / contract flair of Government Departments they would cease to exist . then I saw an article in a hard copy of The Times today which left me not quite sure as to whether to kick the cat , laugh or cry Précised extracts for The Times Article Horrified Cameron will put business brains into the MoD David Cameron is to take an active role in Ministry of Defence appointments to ensure that the fiasco of the £5.2 billion aircraft carrier contract never happens again he wants MOD to hire people from the real world . Margaret Hodge, the Labour MP and former minister, said that the powerful Public Accounts Committee, which she chairs , would open an investigation into the contract. "We will definitely want to look at this," she said . We cannot have our hands tied again guaranteeing BAE a set amount of work over 15 years . Regret no linky ... perhaps someone could oblige . Earlier this year I read The Diary of Samuel Pepys and there were procurement problems in his days we do not seem to have built very much on some of his good practices over the past three hundred years in fact we may have regressed . Rant over .