Could this be David Walker?
Senior figures at the Audit Commission, which polices spending at local authorities, NHS trusts and other government bodies, spent almost £20,000 of public money over the past two years on luxury goods and services.
The credit card receipts disclose that Audit Commission executives enjoyed meals costing more than £600 at L’Escargot and Coq d’Argent in London. Hundreds of pounds were also spent at a brasserie owned by Raymond Blanc, the French chef. In total, £11,390 was spent on fine dining in two years.
The body is thought to be the first government organisation to release details of spending on taxpayer-funded credit cards. Thousands of other civil servants also have the cards, which have been used for spending of about £1? billion, leading to warnings of a public funds scandal.
For he was the head of PR for the Audit Commission. And that\’s what part of the PR job is, taking opinion formers (read, senior journalistic types) out for expensive meals and explaining what you\’d like them to write your views of what is going on.
So it wouldn\’t surprise me at all if it was: and if it was he might end up getting more stick for it than he truly deserves.