posted the text of Lesley Strathie's News Board message to the troops, telling them all to keep sending her emails (see below).
It seems The Grande Dame wrote it in a hurry (as there is a grammatical error - well spotted by the loyal reader!).
The underlying "message" within the message is that she wants you to believe that she is coming back.
She is not coming back.
As to the precise date of the announcement of her departure, GOD knows.
The Kremlinologists amongst my loyal readers may want to think about that.
"As I explained my message (sic) to you on 19 July, whilst I am out of the
office, Mike Clasper, HMRCs non-executive chairman, will provide
leadership and direction to the Department on my behalf as Chief
Executive. Dave Hartnett, Permanent Secretary for Tax, has taken on the
role of Principal Accounting Officer (PAO) on an interim basis, and will
be accountable for the Department's performance and the money we collect
Although the work is being managed differently for a
while, emails should continue to be directed to me, and my Office will
either action, or re-allocate to Dave Hartnett or Mike Clasper
This is important for ensuring there is a clear handover
and audit trail for my return.
I very much look forward to being back with you all in the autumn."
Finished with a flourish of a photocopied signature of DLS, dated 31 August 2011.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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