13 February 2009

Probably just as well ...

Are you a wallflower? Never get invited anywhere? Then look at all those senior Whitehall civil servants with their noses in the trough. The Times reports:
Senior civil servants responsible for contracts worth billions of pounds accepted tickets to Wimbledon, the Chelsea Flower Show and the opera from firms carrying out government work. It is the first time that the scale of hospitality accepted by senior officials has been revealed.
Fujitsu, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers – IT, consulting and auditing firms with contracts across Whitehall – top the hospitality league. The entertainment, sanctioned under Civil Service rules, reveals the close relations between departments and the companies they employ. Defence officials accepted 221 dinners and invitations in a year, many from arms companies and subcontractors.

The full list is here.

There is, however, one Whitehall department that seems to have resisted the blandishments. I refer of course to our own dear Scotland Office. I would like to say that this reflects Scottish prudence; but it seems more likely that no-one bothered to invite them anywhere.

3 comments:

Half marathon man said...

A bit harsh HW. The ghost of Pottinger still hangs heavy over the Scottish Office and its successors - with one or two exceptions - the Mummy and A*** to name but two. Still not so much as a biscuit ison offer.

Half marathon man said...

A bit harsh HW. The ghost of Pottinger still hangs heavy over the Scottish Office and its successors - with one or two exceptions - the Mummy and A*** to name but two. Still not so much as a biscuit ison offer.

Anonymous said...

because scotland is small, our civil servants do nepotism instead of corporate hospitality...... check the Scottish Exec/Gvot contracts list and what jobs partners of senior civil servants - inclusing the most senior of all - have.