The Curmudgeon


Monday, May 06, 2013

Another Little Sweetheart

It appears that a private secretary to Osborne's flunkey David Gauke may have committed an indiscretion which could enhance his expendability somewhat. When a whistleblower exposed Dave Hartnett's taxpayer-funded gift to Goldman Sachs, HM Revenue and Customs did what any responsible public service would do: they went to the Press. An HMRC executive emailed Gauke's private secretary with the idea of briefing a tame Financial Times hack, and the metaflunkey duly wrote back proclaiming a positive response from on high. In doing so, of course, he has set himself up for a fate similar to that of Adam Smith, the special adviser used, in lieu of an actual human shield, by Jeremy C Hunt to protect himself against allegations of being a flunkey of Rupert Murdoch. Those allegations, it will be remembered, were duly shown to be entirely false, as demonstrated by Hunt's continuing employment in a cabinet run by Loldave and the Leveson-bashers. It is not as yet clear whether Treasury officials have petitioned the Department of Health for a loan of the sword that Smith fell on.


  • At 8:11 pm , Anonymous Madame X said...

    We are developing the most indirect, euphemism-laden news prose that future generations will need chisels to dislodge meaning.

  • At 9:48 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    Which is why future historians, if they wish to earn a crust, will be incentivised to confine their teachings to grand narratives of bold white chaps bringing civilisation to the fuzzy-wuzzies with acts of derring-do, rather than getting bogged down in piddling little details like what happened and why.

  • At 6:56 pm , Anonymous Dave said...

    Well I for one have full confidence in Margaret Hodge getting to the bottom of this. With her laser like intuition and bold insights she sounds like she's really gonna sort this mess out!


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