I chuckled when I saw a quote from Mike Bracken, speaking at a recent conference. He is reported to have talked about:
The ‘public service ethos’ of Sir Joseph Bazalgette, who designed the main drainage and sewerage system for London in the 1850s, Bracken said that the Government Digital Service’s (GDS) first focus was on meeting user needs, with making savings a secondary driver.
It’s probably not often that Government’s main online service delivery is compared with sewage transport mechanisms … though the last time I’m aware of was when I made a similar link in September 2004 at an IDeA conference:
The picture in the top left corner is of the monument to Sir Joseph which is, obviously perhaps, on the Embankment in London.