• David Cameron has given his government a transfusion of Toryism. He has announced significant changes at the lower level of his cabinet, and an extensive reshuffle of the entire government is still underway, but there have been no changes at the very top of government and, on the crucial issue of the economy, he has indicated that he intends to press ahead with George Osborne’s deficit reduction strategy. But he has appointed an economic development minister.
National Audit Office reports are never an easy read and their conclusions are always relatively cautious and qualified (not least because the relevant government departments are consulted before they are published). But, if you know how to decipher them, they can be damning, and today’s is a good example because it casts doubt on the entire value of PFI, the public finance initative, and its successor PF2 - and, by implication, the wisdom of getting the private sector to deliver public services.
Transport questions in the Commons has seen some focus on Carillion and its work on HS2. We’ve probably not learned much except that Labour clearly plans to target Chris Grayling for signing Carillion up to a contract on the project last year. Grayling began by insisting that Carillion’s collapse would have no effect on HS2, as it was part of a three-company consortium, and the other two firms were taking over its work.
@amerali I write snap verdict on the blog, but it gets lifted and padded out for a stand-alone article by colleagues in the office. In a rush someone put the 'crushed' headline on. As you say, that was misleading. As soon as I saw it, I got it changed
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