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Fujitsu's wants €1.52 billion in UK government contracts

by on28 March 2024

While showing contrition for jailing Postmasters

Fujitsu's been caught red-handed with plans to snatch up a whopping €1.52 billion in UK government contracts. Despite swearing off new bids in the wake of the Post Office fiasco, they're back at it, eyeing €936 million for public sector deals and €585 million for top-secret national security gigs.

The tech titan reckons it can play the field, teaming up with other firms without breaking its solemn vow to the Cabinet Office.

Word on the street is Fujitsu's been everywhere, bidding on anything that isn't nailed down. "If we've bid before, it's fair game," whispers a company insider. And if they find a partner in crime who's game, they'll jump on the contract bandwagon, no questions asked.

Computer Weekly has been digging deep, and when they confronted Fujitsu, the response was all high and mighty: "We're working hand-in-glove with the Cabinet Office, following the rules to a T," they claim.

But let's not forget the drama that unfolded on ITV, with Fujitsu playing the villain in the Post Office scandal. They stood by, twiddling their thumbs, as the Post Office used dodgy data to throw sub-post managers under the bus.

Fujutsu European boss Paul Patterson had to eat humble pie and apologise for the mess. They even pinky-promised the Cabinet Office they'd sit out the bidding game unless given a nudge.

But Fujitsu's been a big fish in the UK government pond for ages, thanks to swallowing up British computer firm ICL back in the '90s. But after the Horizon scandal, they've been on thin ice, and the public's not too chuffed about them dipping into the taxpayer's pocket again.

Kevan Jones MP, champion of the wronged subpostmasters, didn't mince words: "Fujitsu's promise is worth zilch. No more cash until they cough up for the mess they've made," he blasted.

And let's not forget, Fujitsu's about to kiss goodbye to a juicy €2.81 billion Post Office contract. HMRC's stepping up as their new golden goose, but with all this bad blood, who knows how long that'll last?

With over €4.68 billion in the kitty, it is not exactly strapped for cash. But after the telly drama and the public inquiry, they're on the hook for a hefty payout to the scandal's victims.


Last modified on 28 March 2024
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