Revolving Doors

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There seems to be a seamless progression of public servants and politicians pursuing lucrative second careers…and vice versa.

“It is a curious coincidence that Assistant Chief Constable Anton Setchell, head of the entire UK domestic extremism spying operations between 2004 and 2010, is now head of security for engineering firm Laing O’Rourke…”. Dave Smith, the Guardian, 11 Nov 2014

“The former chief executive of BT, who is now a senior Government trade minister, is at the centre of a row over Britain’s alleged role in America’s secret drones’ war.
Ian Livingston was head of the telecoms giant when it won a contract to set up a top secret £15m communications link between an RAF base in Northamptonshire and America’s headquarters for drone attacks in Africa. Last year he was made Lord Livingston and four months ago started a high-profile trade job in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). But it has now emerged the BT cable deal with the US military had formed part of an investigation overseen by what is now Lord Livingston’s own department…” Robert Verkaik in the Guardian, 26  March 2014


Sir Jonathan [Evans] has been appointed to help Britain’s biggest bank to clean up its act after US authorities fined it nearly $2bn (£1.3bn) for acting as a conduit for Mexican drug money and sanctions busting. He will earn £125,000 for serving on HSBC’s Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee as well as joining its board as a non-executive director. The fee for the part-time roles compares to the £159,999 he was paid for his role at the head of Britain’s domestic spy agency in 2010, which was the last time it revealed his salary. Ex-spy boss Sir Jonathan Evans to help HSBC in fight against financial crime

“In an affront to every scrupulous taxpayer, the former head of HMRC waltzes into a consultancy job at Deloitte, the accountancy giant that advises firms such as Starbucks on how to avoid taxes the rest of us pay. So it is that David Hartnett joins the crush of senior civil servants on the gravy train from Whitehall to big business, where they exploit for private gain what they learned in public service.” Public service and a question of integrity 

“At only 47, David Miliband is taking up a £300,000 job, following on from the nearly £1m he has raised since leaving government in 2010. Nor is he alone. James Purnell is going to the BBC for another six-figure salary. Ruth Kelly is now at HSBC. John Hutton went from being energy minister to a seat on the board of a US nuclear giant. And we could go on, with Patricia Hewitt and Alan Milburn … Westminster has become the equivalent of a gap year for middle-aged overachievers, a place to earn a few CV points before catapulting themselves into the private-sector plutocracy. If today’s Treasury minister is tomorrow’s investment bank director, what hope of overhaul of Britain’s rotten finance sector?” David Miliband and the debasement of British politics

Richard Barrett, the former United Nations co-ordinator for the al-Qai’da and Taliban monitoring team…Mr Barrett, who has served with MI5, MI6 and the Foreign Office…Mr Barrett, who is now senior director at the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS)… Boston Marathon bombing: The initial theories

England’s former chief medical officer has joined a global lobbying firm advising companies in the private health industry. Sir Liam Donaldson, who retired last year after 12 years in the post, has been recruited by APCO Worldwide as a member of its international advisory council. ‘Revolving door’ leads ex-health chief into job with lobbying firm

Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6, appears to found a home from home with his first business appointment as a “senior advisor” to the Monitor Group. Former spy boss Dearlove goes on payroll of the firm with ‘no names’ (630)

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