On the subject of the Cabinet civil servant working for Greensill.
It’s not – as some seem to be indicating – that a civil servant running procurement for the government from the Cabinet Office was also working for Greensill. Well, not quite.
It’s that someone retiring from working for the Cabinet Office in charge of procurement was going to work for Greensill when he left. And started to do so some months before he did leave.
Whether that was a good idea or not is another matter. But it’s worth grasping the detail of what did happen before screaming about it. You know, as with Murphy ranting about QE and NHS receivables meaning that Greensill was never needed there. Which is why Greensill wasn’t used there either, it was NHS payables, in the form of wages, that were financed. At the request and only at the request of a worker – they could receive their wages by the week – say – instead of working a month in hand.
Details do matter.