Top civil servants responsible for Hampshire’s white elephant fire control building have been promoted, a damning report has revealed.Is anyone surprised? I mean, anyone who isn’t a visitor from outer space, that is?
In its report the committee says: “The project was beset by poor leadership and characterised by a high turnover of senior management staff. There have been five senior responsible owners and four project directors. None have so far been held to account for failures and most have suffered no hindrance to their career.Heh! That explains a lot…
The department’s accounting officer between 2005 and 2010 is now the top Civil Servant in Scotland.”
The committee, which scrutinises public spending, also raised concerns about further spending. Committee chairman Margaret Hodge said: “The department now plans to spend a further £84.8 million to secure the original objectives of FiReControl, so that there is a co-ordinated response to national incidents. It is not clear to us how this will deliver value for money or achieve the objectives intended.Wait a minute….
“No-one has been held to account for this project failure and the careers of most of the senior staff responsible have carried on as if nothing had gone wrong at all.”
Margaret Hodge? This Margaret Hodge?
Well, she seems pretty Teflon-coated herself, doesn’t she?