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Tuesday, 4 December 2007
The Comeback Kid
-When is a resignation not really a resignation?
-When you are a senior member of the HMRC.
As proven by the very curious case of the recently "resigned" ex head of HM Revenue and Customs, Paul Gray. Gray "fell on his sword" (temporarily it would seem) over the fiasco of the loss of data belonging to 25 million people.
At the time, when Gray "resigned", one could have had a degree of respect for the man for actually taking such prompt and swift action to demonstrate that he took responsibility for this mother of all fuck ups.
Unfortunately any feelings of respect for him have been somewhat short lived, as he has now made a stunning comeback (after only 13 days) on a salary of £200K per annum.
Not bad for someone who put the security of 25 million people at risk for the next 20years.
Gray has taken up a position under Sir Gus O'Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary.
Here's a few more questions:
-What is his new role?
-Something worth £200K per annum?
Well, not exactly.
He is now involved with "special projects to develop civil service skills".
The Civil Service bullshit their way through this "jobs for the boys" appointment as follows:
"..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.
When he resigned with immediate effect, Paul Gray's period of notice meant that he would be paid until the end of the year.
As a result, he could receive payment for no work, or receive payment for doing some work.
It was thought to be better in the public interest that he did some work. There is no additional cost to the public purse. He will leave the payroll on 31 December."
Now that bullshit above might be plausible to those people, such as those in the civil service, who have no experience of the real world. However, those of us who have experience of the real world can use a simple but effective accounting term to describe the above reasoning.
It is bollocks!
It would be very easy to argue, were it to be taken to court, that Gray resigned because of gross incompetence and negligence. After all, if the loss of data belonging to 25 million people isn't incompetent then what is?
Were he not to have resigned he would have been sacked.
Those lower down the pecking order in the HMRC would most certainly not have been treated so well.
Based on the above, he most certainly is not deserving of remaining under contract.
In the private sector, when senior staff are sacked (for restructuring reasons, rather than incompetence) they often re-emerge as "consultants" on a higher level of pay. The nature of the reported figures means that the headcount of full time staff will appear to have fallen, even though the reality is different.
The government, Gordon Brown and Gray's chums haven't got that nice fig leaf to hide his reappointment.
One must therefore ask, what does he know that the government and his ex boss Gordon Brown are so afraid of that they are willing to taken the flack for this most absurd public appointment?
There are some very large skeletons in the HMRC cupboard just waiting to come out.
Mark my words!
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