Friday, March 23, 2012

More scandalous revelations about A4E on yesterday's Newsnight (stopped me switching over to Question Time).

But the point is continually missed that A4E was a New Labour creation.  It is not possible to understand that organisation and how it got such a hold on government contracts (and the imaginations of civil servants within the old Department of Employment) without seeing it in the context of an instrument of New Labour policy.  Yes, David Cameron gave a role to A4E founder Emma Harrison, but this would have presumably have been on the recommendation of civil servants.

The rot set in back in 1991/92 when Tony Blair was Shadow Employment Secretary and developed the policy ideas that Emma Harrison latched onto.

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