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Robert Guenier, who led an attack on the complacency of the government and others to the Year 2000 computer problem, has been rewarded by effectively being fired by the government. No more money is to be given to Taskforce 2000 – the organization he headed – but the government is putting 1m pounds into a new organization called Action 2000 (CI No 3,258) which will carry out roughly the same task. While Guenier was left to work from home with only his cat for company and found it hard to interest ministers in the problem, no sooner did he complain than the government started bragging that it has stepped up its campaign to encourage industry to take action.

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