Leading Year 2000 campaigner Robin Guenier has called for prime minister Tony Blair to return to the fray, following minister Margaret Beckett's reluctant admission that she is not confident the UK will be ready for the century date change.
Beckett told delegates at a fringe meeting at the Labour Party conference that she had reluctantly come to the conclusion that she was not confident all problems would be solved (see separate story).
Guenier said that this was an admission of failure on Beckett's part, after she had received ample warning of the scope of the problem, and called on Blair to take a personal interest again, following the failure of government departments to act on initiatives he announced earlier this year.
Among Guenier's concerns is the failure of the 'Bug Buster' campaign, which was announced by Blair in March, and launched in July, but has only managed to train 26 people, instead of the 20,000 Blair had promised.
"It seems to me he (Blair) has been badly let down by the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry)," Guenier said.
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