Sun: "MoD Pay £22 For 65p Lightbulb"

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  1. Bit of a non story here Sol- The bulb costs 65p still, but there is a huge contract to provide training to Booties on how to screw them in.

    :)
     
  2. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Booties are issued Bayonet fitting bulbs.....They're more warry.
     

  3. Brilliant! ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
     
  4. The reality of this story isn't the cost of the bulb. It's the hidden cost of the company that charges the extra wonga to fit the bloody thing. Because as we know - we aren't capable of fitting such a complicated piece of equipment such as a light bulb. It's either trade demarcation or H&S we get quoted whenever we have to wait a fortnight to have a light replaced. The likes of Debut and it's like will have some explaining to do now I think.
     
  5. Purple_twiglet

    Purple_twiglet War Hero Moderator

    Apparently its a specialist bulb for a specific bit of kit, and the MOD buys about 5 per year. Stand down the outrage bus.
     
  6. Not British Hairyspace by any chance ?????? ;)
     
  7. Don't think it's a case of outrage! More reality. Some companies have been ripping MoD off for years and in a time when front line funding is being slashed then 'silly' little things like companies who supply maintenance contracts to MoD sites should be held accountable too.

    For example, where I work the QM, (army QM not RN), accepted a bill for in excess of £100 to have a halogen light at an access control point changed. One phillips screw holding the cover in place. Change lamp, re fix phillips screw, time less than 10 minutes. Bill, as I said in excess of £100. You know the fitter isn't getting the money - so who gains.

    Contractors have seen MoD as an opportunity for open cheques as soon as the word 'security' is mentioned.

    Outraged - yes I suppose I am. When you see tax payers money squandered in such a manner.

    Whitemouse, not Brit Hairyspace as you put it - Army site.
     
  8. PT, if you believe that you bloody gullible. MOD wastes vast sums of money on everyday items that can be bought much cheaper by "local purchase". Having worked in armaments I have plenty of examples. Threadlock, £2 from local supplier, £7.39p via MOD. 2.5 ltrs Brown paint, £17 from B&Q, £42 via MOD, Cord less drill plus spare battery pack, £45 at Tool Station, £470 via MOD, (well it was flown down as "priority" freight from Scotland!!)
     
  9. brings back stories of the $20 hammers that you could buy at Homo depot for $3 here in Jolly ol us of a
     
  10. I remember two cracking examples of this when I was in the mob,first was a bearing housing for a motor generator,quote from L?????? S???? was £16000 plus VAT and would take six weeks,I contacted the company direct,price £5000 including VAT and ready in a week. Same boat needed a length of pipe about 2 metres long 1/2" BSP IIRC,NAAB cost £500 plus VAT six month waiting list,went to a local engineers in Glasgow,£28 made whilst I was there and they gave me a box gizzits because I had to wait!!
    The MOD having being getting robbed for years,I passed the above up the CoC and heard nothing,that was in 2004,good to see nothing has changed!!!
     
  11. This has been going on for years. I'm surprised the journo's are surprised. It's equally laughable that the Condems are blaming Labour...when in reality it's all of them because it's them that tells us how to do things...apparently, I think. Actually, I don't know anymore, I lost the plot - some considerable time ago!
     
  12. Purple_twiglet

    Purple_twiglet War Hero Moderator

    Interesting - over on ARRSE they dug out the NSN and worked out it was a specialist bulb - wonder whats happening to make them change their tune?
     
  13. They must have been xenon bulbs for the Commandant General's staff car.
     
  14. PT,

    Light bulb's aside, the point being that "MOD" does not seem to be getting the best deal/value for money that even a large commercial company would be after:

    That old chestnut of being Paid from the public purse to spend the Public Purse, but free from commercial 'ruthlessness' on both counts.

    Bound to be an element of profligacy, but some tend to forget that MIL Spec. costs more and those suppliers of same have fewer customers.
     
  15. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    My thoughts exactly.

    Mange tout Rodders.
     
  16. On a related (sort of) topic - I was stooging around in the Lobby of the wardroom at DMS Dryad a number of years ago waiting for an oppo of mine when a Wren Officer asked the Hall Porter for a bulb to replace one that had OPDEF'd in her cabin. He dug around in a drawer and handed it over.

    About 10 minutes later she was back to report that the bulb he had given her was a screw version and she needed a bayonet one. He told her he couldn't let her have a bayonet bulb because she "hadn't been trained in how to fit it" and she would have to wait until the next day for someone to come and sort it for her.

    Made me grin for the whole night.
     
  17. It's to fund our secret alien space craft airfield.
     
  18. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Wardroom you say?

    I kind of understand where the Hall Porter was coming from TBH. :toothy3:
     

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