My thanks to a loyal reader who sent me a wee note wrt the following that was announced within HMRC last week:
"Karen Wheeler has been appointed as Director General for Border Coordination, a new post in HMRC.The new role will oversee the cross-government approach to coordinating work at the border, bringing together the work of 18 departments across policy, strategy, operational delivery, IT, infrastructure, legislation and security.Karen joins HMRC from NHS England and has previously worked in the Ministry of Justice, Cabinet Office and as a management consultant in the private sector.Also today, Chief Executive Jon Thompson confirmed Rachel McLean as interim Director General for Customer Services and David Richardson as interim Director General for Customer Compliance.This follows the recent announcement that Ruth Owen and Jennie Granger will be leaving HMRC in May.Rachel is Director of Finance and Planning in Customer Services. She joined HMRC in 2015, and before that was a director at Transport for London.David is Director of Counter-Avoidance. He joined the Inland Revenue as a trainee inspector in 1979 and has been a director at HMRC since it was formed in 2005 in a wide range of compliance and policy roles.Rachel and David will be in post until permanent appointments are made following a fair and open competition for the Director General roles."
All of this in spite of the fact that there is a general election and, as such, senior appointments surely ought to be kept in abeyance until a new government is formed.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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