As Maggie once said 'The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money'.The whole boosting of IT spending in UK school was, and is IMHO, one of the better policies of the past 13 years, it was however let down by the curriculum whic had not, for the most part, progressed any further than basic office skills. Real IT skills such as programming, networking and a knowlege of the hows and whys of computing rarely got a mention. Compound this with a lack of exprienced and able IT teaching staff and we are over half way to realising why it has not given us the amazing IT industry 'they' thought it might.
there are never too many jobs for that type of work. Look at the pre-war and post-war periods and what was accomplished by the public sector. Yes, we have some shiny new buildings and horrificly overpriced housing to make everyone with a job in said shiny new building and with access to credit feel wealthy and we may be a more knowledge based economy so we have to accomodate more jobs of the 'non-' variety, but then that wasn't enough to eliminate the cynism. Maybe there was too much malinvestment and not enough to meet housing need targets or to get on top of schemes like warm front. who knows.