Friday, 14 October 2011

WrinklesInTheMatrix: Ian Watmore 1

Eight days after the publication of Whose bust is it anyway?, Sir Gus O'Donnell announced that he would stand down as Cabinet Secretary at the end of the year. According to the Telegraph, so it must be true, Sir Gus's job as permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office is to be taken by Ian Watmore:
His third job as permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office will go to Ian Watmore, a former chief executive of the Football Association who is currently chief operating officer of the Whitehall efficiency group in the Cabinet Office.
Now here's a wrinkle – eight months earlier, on 1 February 2011, Mr Watmore appeared in front of the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) to give evidence in the Committee's enquiry into good governance and civil service reform. At Q154 he was asked by the Chair to identify himself and said:
I am Ian Watmore, Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office ...
Does Mr Watmore have second sight? If so, what else can he tell us about the future?

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