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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Jobs for the Boys

We all thought Paul Gray, the former boss of HMRC, did the decent thing and resigned. That was when he found out that the buck stopped at his desk over the missing CD fiasco. But now it turns out that resigning for him means something rather different. For he is now working in the Cabinet Office supposedly "developing civil servant skills".

You see, nobody can actually resign because of the contracts! You can say "I'll resign!" but it is Humpty Dumpty talk for "I'm moving sideways to something equally good!" The Cabinet Office explained quite helpfully. "Paul Gray resigned with immediate effect on 20 November. However for contractual reasons he remains a senior civil servant. He will be leaving the civil service at the end of this year. In the meantime he has agreed to a request from Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell to undertake a short piece of work on cross-government matters until Christmas."

Vince Cable, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats said "it makes the whole resignation look cynical", and Chris Grayling, from the Conservatives, said that "people must be beginning to think that Gordon Brown has no judgement at all". Apparently Ed Miliband, the Cabinet Office minister knew nothing of it. Oh dear, jobs for the boys indeed!


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