T. Aldous awakes from his e-government slumbers and shambles into my office. I growl, but to no avail. We do the dance.
"What are we doing about smartcards?" he demanded.
"You tell me," I suggested. "I've been asking you for a year what you want the smartcards to do."
"What do they need to do?"
"Whatever it is that you think we need smartcards for."
"Can we do it in time for the March deadline?"
"It depends on what you want to do."
"I'll put smartcards down as one of our strategic goals for this financial year then."
And off he trots. This conversation is wrong on so many levels I can only shrug it off and mentally walk away. I would suggest that smartcards could be used for booksales, monitoring use of old encyclopedias and withdrawn book statistics but it would be just my luck for this to become official policy to be delivered by Christmas.