I'm asked to a meeting with T. Aldous and Arthur Sixpence to discuss getting IT into the "new" library at Noddy. Arthur brings along Bill Nedlow, who's appalled to hear how far things have got with the building without notifying IT. "It'll take BT at least six months to get a line out to the new place," he warns. We had hoped that whoever was doing the project management in Property Services had mentioned that they were doing this. I don't mention that I happen to know that Bill knows all about it because he signed the petition against moving Noddy Library back in August.
Arthur takes the opportunity to ask about the project I'm worrying about.
"Have you decided what you're doing about this project? Can we write it off and put the money in as a saving?"
"What are we doing about this Kevin?"
"You and the others are discussing it to see whether or not the library service can deliver on this project."
"We'll have to get back to you on this Arthur, we're trying to find out whether or not we can deliver on this project."
And so it goes. Like ping pong, Arthur desperate to kill the project and save the money, so long as he can say that the Library Service killed it; T. Aldous desperate not to commit himself to any course of action and desperate to blame IT for non-delivery; both desperate for me to say anything that gets them off the hook; me saying nowt, just in case. As appropriate a finale to the year's achievements as I can think of.