Saturday, December 30, 2006
A few lowlights from the New Year's Honours:
John Scarlatt- Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (Kindly Call Me God), for services to Dodgy Dossiers
Kenneth Donald John Macdonald- Knight Bachelor, for presiding over the disastrous "someone get that bleedin' phone" Crown Prosecution Service
Ian Charles Franklin Andrews (Second Permanent Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence)- Knight Bachelor, for choosing the decor in new £750m MOD HQ while scrimping on bullets and body armour for British troops in action
John Codling (finance director general, Department for Work and Pensions)- Companion of the Order of the Bath, for losing at least £3bn pa to fraud, and producing financial accounts so shambolic that thay've had to be qualified for the last 16 years
Anthony Joseph Henry Orhnial (director, Personal Tax and Welfare Reform, HM Treasury)- Companion of the Order of the Bath, for failing to reform the most complex and dysfunctional personal tax and welfare system in world history
Andrew Charles Bruce Ramsay (director-general, Culture, Creativity and Economy Group, Department for Culture, Media and Sport)- Companion of the Order of the Bath, for conspiracy to waste squillions on economic culture wibble
Maurice John Smith (formerly chief inspector of Schools, Office for Standards in Education, Department for Education and Skills)- Companion of the Order of the Bath, for contributions to the destruction of school standards
Peter Thomas Wanless (director, School Performance and Reform, Department for Education and Skills)- Companion of the Order of the Bath, for contributions to the destruction etc etc
Andrew Michael Bridges (chief inspector of probation), CBE, for services to dangerous criminals
No, it's no good. I can't do any more because there's blood coming out of my ears and I can feel one of my turns coming on.
What I'd really like to know is what this whole stinky bankrupt charade actually costs us. All over Whitehall and beyond there are committees, support staff, and a lot of free lunches. Not to mention the cost of the gongs themselves. Apparently the lesser ranks of MBE cooks and cleaners will have to pay £15 a throw for their patronising new lapel badges. Do you reckon Sirs John, Kenneth, and Ian will be paying for their blingy new baubles?
Posted by Mike D at 9:31 am