While it’s always gratifying to see a Tory minister make a fool of themselves at the despatch box — former Tesco director Baroness Neville-Rolfe had peers of all sides laughing at her last week during exchanges on ticket touting — word has since reached Scrapbook of a particularly amusing exchange overheard in the corridor: BIS Official: There will always […]

Under-price sell off could have cost taxpayer billions Government offered certain firms a ‘priority’ deal Fidelity Worldwide gave £975,000 to Conservative Party Hedge fund run by Osborne’s best man also cleaned up One of the ‘priority investors’ offered cut-price shares in the government’s botched privatisation of Royal Mail are a major donor to the Conservative Party. […]

Under Vince Cable’s leadership, civil servants at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills are amongst the most demotivated in Whitehall, according to their own internal polling. Less four in ten staff say that the department is managed well Less than one in three staff say they can be bothered to ‘do their best’ A woeful 29% […]

A blue-sky drive by Vince Cable’s department has spectacularly flopped after only four people took part. Redolent of a backseat-of-the-cab scheme from The Thick Of It, the initiative, dubbed “Instagram Your Policy”, joins a long list of failed Whitehall social media initiatives. The original morale-boosting vision was that BIS employees would submit photos of their policies […]