... this all ultimately led to the whole process being abandoned, and in February 2010 (by which time - to their credit - the local Tories had seen sense) to a complete climbdown over the whole fiasco.
Well, the first of the 'lessons learned' reports is out tomorrow - it's going to the Policy and Strategy Committee on Tuesday 8th June - and I can safely predict serious fireworks over its conclusions.
Just keep one, very public statement in mind:
"I have said all along that we have a good robust tendering process that has been cleared by the lawyers at every stage."
What would you then think if the report out tomorrow concluded that:"Legal Services did not have a role in the tender process, in the evaluation of tenders, nor as advisor to the Team or to the Board."
And further still, if the report out tomorrow also concluded:
"The Convenor of the Health, Housing and Social Care Committee was regularly briefed throughout the process."
Just what possible conclusion could you come to - that Officers where to blame?
I think not.