andrew027: I'm not sure why the Police have been picked on here - I would imagine there are quite a few government departments still on XP. The quite large one I work for is (our standard desktop environment is XP and Office 2003!) but we are scheduledto be upgraded to Windows 7 and Office 2010 throughout June and July.
It's not just a matter of rolling out a standardised desktop image - there are a number of old business critical applications that need to be tested (and sometimes updated or replaced) first.
And, of course, while paying good money to update software (and often hardware, depending how old your desktop is) might be a gimme for a lot of Geekzone regulars, if the government had forked out the money to update every desktop in the public service six years ago when XP wasn't past it's use-by date, you can bet the opposition and 80% of the public would be complaining about the cost to the taxpayer.
Yup I agree. It doesn't matter what you do, someone will find an angle by which to attack you. I am not fan of politicians, but being in power or being a sports coach must suck.