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Former tech-spending axeman Ian Watmore is leaving the civil service just five months after taking up a new role as the permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office. He had previously headed up the reform and efficiency group, the unit tasked with cutting waste from the Whitehall budget. The Cabinet Office explained that Watmore …


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  1. Code Monkey

    "spousal roles"

    What? Rumpo?

    1. dotdavid
      Paris Hilton

      Re: "spousal roles"

      "Watmore was retiring to occupy himself with "spousal roles" in charity and sport"

      I'm guessing he marries some charity workers and sportswomen.

    2. Chris Miller

      Re: "spousal roles"

      His missus is about to be ordained in the CofE.

      As for IT slasher - can this be the very same Ian Watmore responsible for the new IT systems at the NHS? It surely can! Great cost-cutting expertise demonstrated there, then. I confidently expect to hear of lucrative directorships at Accenture and other organisations that have benefited from his largesse with our money.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "spousal roles"

        Watmore's key competence appears expertise at playing the game - witness his hopping back and forth between public service and consultancy. No insider access there, surely..

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      He knew he could change anything and those at the top were too stupid to understand.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Public to Private

    And not just those at the very top. Steve Lamey (allegedly the highest paid in HMRC) is leaving HMRC to become Chief Operating Officer for Kelway.

    What does this say about the attractions of the Public Sector?

  3. paulc

    Did someone make him an offer he couldn't refuse?


  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It seems more and more like

    The civil service is just one more place a round tripping senior exec can visit as he builds up the value of his golden parachute to obscene levels. Or did this man get anything approaching a normal civil service salary?

  5. Camilla Smythe

    Permanent Secretary


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