Guenier slams Action 2000

Robin Guenier, executive director of Taskforce 2000 has accused the Government of `enormous complacency’ over the Millennium Bug, and criticised the body which replaced his – Action 2000 – of getting bogged down in administration. `Action 2000 has already been running for eight weeks and so far nothing has really taken place outside steering groups […]

Robin Guenier, executive director of Taskforce 2000 has accused the Government of `enormous complacency’ over the Millennium Bug, and criticised the body which replaced his – Action 2000 – of getting bogged down in administration.

`Action 2000 has already been running for eight weeks and so far nothing has really taken place outside steering groups and so on,’ said Guenier.

`There has been some criticism that Don [Cruickshank] is only doing one day a week as [Action 2000’s] chairman, but that misses the point. He is intended to be a high profile front-man and that is all the time he needs for that job.’

Guenier argues Cruickshank needs support from a fully-committed chief executive.

Guenier, who has been in talks with Cruickshank over the possibility of Action 2000 continuing to fund his organisation, said this was now `very doubtful’.

Taskforce 2000 was originally only given funds to last until 31 December this year, although through internal savings and with private sector aid, Guenier said its future was secure until Easter 1998.

`We are pretty much independent of the DTI now,’ he said. `Luckily, our expertise is very much in demand.’