So no doubt you have all seen the news today that predicts the MoD will ‘fess up’ to Project CVF costing another £800m.[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24801942″]
I think none of this is particularly new or at least unpredicted and much of the reporting is misleading, but underneath the froth are the ongoing negotiations between the MoD and industry about the wider UK shipbuilding industry, influenced no doubt by the potential of a Scottish independence yes vote, serious matters indeed.
Assuming the news stories are correct, there seems little point arguing about why, but a few question spring immediately to mind;
- Where is the extra money coming from, the back of the sofa has been thoroughly cleaned out and the MoD will not want to be venturing into the black hole of jam tomorrow accounting, so, what is getting cut or not funded from the contingency fund?
- How will this cost inflation influence decisions on bringing the second carrier into service?
- Whatever happened to being an intelligent customer and how does this bad news impact on the Defence Reform Bill and outsourcing DE&S?