Monday, 18 October 2010


Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office is a man of many characters - tough Conservative policy maker, champion of public sector transparency, behind the scenes Tory change agent and moderniser, dubious businessman and friend of the middle aged woman with the basket.
Above all Maude has nailed his personal and political colours to the mast of transparency in government. He recently stated “Transparency is at the heart of the Government's programme, which is why the Cabinet Office, at the heart of government, is taking the lead. All departments will open up their data in the weeks ahead.” The gushing honesty and openness goes on ...
“We are pulling back the curtains to let light into the corridors of power._ By being open and accountable we can start to win back people’s trust. Openness will not be comfortable for us in government; but it will enable the public to hold our feet to the fire. This way lies better government. Transparency is key to our efficiency drive, and will enable the public to help us to deliver better value for money in public spending. Today is just the start of what we plan to do. We are determined to set an example for the wider public sector, and to create a ‘right to data’ as a core part of government business.
So who is the middle aged woman with the empty shopping basket? None other than Julia Middleton, Chief Executive Officer of the political charity Common Purpose, who enjoys a salary of circa £85,000 a year, largely from the taxpayer.

Common Purpose And Dirty Deals

Maude’s relationship with Middleton is an interesting one.



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Common Purpose needs investigating by the Fraud Office. The fact that the Coalition have done squat, either proves that they're incompetent or corrupt, either way, unfit for government.

But of course, this isn't a world governed by natural law and justice, rather it is misgoverned by backroom deals and money-men where the paying public at large (either financially, physically or immorally) suffers.

Politicians should serve two terms. One in office and the other in prison.