The government's new 'digital tsar' is over-budget and nearly 25 months behind schedule, it was revealed today. Originally planned as a cost-efficient cross between Robocop and The Borg, the final version was unveiled as three Nintendo Wiis in a dustbin.
The project began when a need was identified for a cyborg minister to control all government IT projects. A spokesman for the government denied that this was influenced by watching a boxset of Battlestar Galactica, but refused to comment on Disney's Maximillian from The Black Hole. However, the tsar is fitted with 6 Braun hand blenders, 'to help in contract negotiations'.
There are doubts that the tsar will be an effective method of controlling large, ambitious government databases. Some have cited too little focus on KPIs and project gateways, and too much time spent on developing fanciful, over-complicated back stories and revenge plots.
Auditors were critical of the amount spent on developing fictional weapons systems. Six months and £30,000 were wasted before light sabres and mind-melds were dismissed as 'lunacy'.
"The final tsar is very disappointing, it can't even hover or freeze stuff. In fact, it can't actually be switched on at the moment, because we can't find anyone to PAT test it", explained an office junior from the Department of Trade and Industry. "And the energy efficiency label really detracts from any menacing presence it may have had."
Accountants have questioned whether the project was necessary at all: an American model from Silicone Valley, codenamed 'the Governator', is currently available at a heavily discounted price.