So he resigns and then gets another job within a couple of weeks.Scandal? Actually, no, this looks eminently sensible:
A statement from the Cabinet Office stated that Mr Gray resigned from HMRC with immediate effect on 20th November.
It said: "However, for contractual reasons, he remains a senior civil servant. He will be leaving the civil service at the end of this year.
"In the meantime, he has agreed to a request from Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell to undertake a short piece of work on cross-government matters until Christmas.
"When he resigned with immediate effect, Paul Gray\’s period of notice meant that he would be paid until the end of the year.
"As a result, he could receive payment for no work, or receive payment for doing some work.
"It was thought to be better in the public interest that he did some work. There is no additional cost to the public purse. He will leave the payroll on 31 December."
Slight disconcerting to find that somewhere in the woodpile there\’s actually someone sensible.