Dyalect's comment reminded me of the quote often attributed to John Ruskin.
"There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey."
In a dash to the lowest cost model, which incidentally isn't truly "low cost" due to the extra management overheads and the build up of technical debt; we've ended up with truly awful IT systems in some of our largest organisations. Unless something is done quickly to prevent parasitic practices in the IT industry, UK IT will go the same way as cotton, wool, electronics and car manufacturing.
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