Government to fail in its online plans

Tech companies vote no-confidence, says a new report

Technology companies deliver a damning assessment of the government's electronic plans, with a huge majority claiming it will fail to deliver on its promises.

The government is intent on getting all of its services online by 2005, but according to a survey from research firm Forrester it still has a long way to go.

Of the 45 technology companies interviewed a huge 87 percent believe the government will fail to get services online. "The top guys have no understanding of the issues. Apart from Tony Blair the Internet strategy is very patchy. The government is still stuck on Windows 3.1," s one spokesman from a software firm told Forrester.

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