The Prime Minister has banned the consultancy Deloitte from getting government contracts for six months because a junior staffer leaked a memo illustrating the chaos on Brexit.
The Times reports this morning:
A two-page assessment, leaked to The Times last month, reported that civil servants were struggling to cope with more than 500 Brexit-related projects and that cabinet splits were delaying the agreement of a negotiating strategy.
Publication of the memo, written by a Deloitte consultant working on Whitehall projects, infuriated Downing Street. The prime minister was said to have been personally affronted by the note, which criticised her for “drawing in decisions and details to settle matters herself”.
To put it another way, a Prime Minister angry at Deloitte painting her as a control freak, then acts as a control freak and bans them from government contracts.
In fear of May’s anger, Deloitte has now ‘agreed’ to apologise and not bid for government contracts for at least 6 months.
Political Scrapbook has little sympathy for big consultancies, but this has wider implications, as several people pointed out this morning.
If that's how May deals with Deloitte for its (private) memo you have to wonder what she'd do to newspaper journalists given half a chance.
— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) December 21, 2016
.@PickardJE bad times when ppl bullied for doing their jobs be they Judges, Journos, business leaders, advisors, experts, politicians et al
— Anna Soubry MP (@Anna_Soubry) December 21, 2016
Parallels to Gordon Brown?