Following on from my recent article about "Jack" Hartnett and the demise of the Grande Dame, I have been pondering how the government will remove her (whilst she is still on sick leave) without admitting that she has been removed from office for failure.
The answer is in fact staring us all in the face, and is in the public domain.
Lesley Strathie is currently the cross-government Head of the Operational Delivery Profession.
Evidently running HMRC is not challenging or time consuming enough!
The Grande Dame's role as the Head of Profession is to champion the improvement of front line services across the Civil Service, and to lead the development of the profession across government.
An organogram of her role can be found on this link.
Given that she already has a role set up outside of HMRC it will be but a simple matter to "beef up the role" a little, and formally transfer her across (doubtless at an inflated salary) without ever admitting that she has been fired or removed from office for failure.
In short, in order to avoid the massive embarrassment of admitting failure, it looks as though the government will reward her for failure.
It is of course ironic that during a time of cuts and austerity the taxpayers will be asked to fund another meaningless "new" quango, run by a failure. However, it seems that our political leaders "enjoy" being "ironic"!
The above is of course mere speculation on my part.
Several questions now spring to mind, if my speculation is correct:
1 When will our political "elite" bother to tell us about this move?
2 How much will the Grande Dame be paid in her new role?
3 Will she be given a "redundancy" payment from HMRC?
4 How much will the new quango cost the taxpayer?
5 Is this a "real" job, or merely a means to avoid publicly admitting that she and HMRC have failed?
6 What is the mission of the "new" quango?
7 Does the "new" quango have a hope in hell of succeeding? (answer: "No")
8 Who else is for the chop, and at what cost to the taxpayer?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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