For an illustration of how government contracts cost more and deliver less, have a look at Alastair Campbell's blog.
If you use IE 8.0, the 'post a comment' section doesn't display properly. Also the times people leave messages are out by an hour. It's also difficult to read with comments on the left and the original blog post on the right. There's no easy way to link to the current post. Overall his webpage is very arty but at the expense of ease of reading. Not great if you describe yourself as a communicator.
Look at the bottom and you'll find his page has been designed by government contractor Silverfish. This is what happens when you employ consultants. They dazzle you with wacky and complex ideas. But when it comes down to it, they deliver something less functional than something available for a fraction of the price. Tom Harris and John Redwood probably spent less on designing their blogs but they are much better for it.