According to the junior Cabinet Office Minister Tom Watson, a blogging pioneer amongst Westminster politicians, who is meant to be in charge of some of the Government's IT system strategy, there was supposed to be a new version of the Prime Minister's website launched today.
See:Tom's premature congratulations on his blog: Number 10 Downing Street web site
We were hoping to check to see if the "email the Prime Minister" feature, which has been defunct since June, was now available again.
However, either there has been the usual Government IT cockup, or perhaps the site is under Russian or Chinese "cyber attack" , since all that is displayed is an error message along the lines of
Internal Server Error - Read
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Given the amount of money wasted on Government IT systems, is it really too much for the public to expect that the people and systems in charge of the Number 10 Downing Street website should be able to deliver something which is sufficiently robust to withstand IT cock ups or cyber attacks ?