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Paul Gray works out his notice

Dec 5, 2007, 07:27 AM
Authors : Mike
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Post date : Dec 5, 2007, 07:27 AM
There are times when being part of the media makes me want to cringe with embarassment. Take some of the headlines this week: 'Ex-HMRC chief lands £200,000 Whitehall job' in the Telegraph, 'Ex-HMRC boss gets shiny new civil service post' in The Register, with its comment in the first para that Paul Gray has got himself 'a nice little Whitehall contract'.
What's the truth? As all the stories explain, as near to the bottom of the item as possible, even though Paul Gray resigned with immediate effect, his contract meant that he was still going to be paid until 31st December. Rather than sit at home on gardening leave, which would have been completely understandable given the shock of the past few weeks, Paul Gray is working for his money on a short project in the Cabinet Office. Where's the shock-horror in that?
My tip for reading newspaper stories? Read the headline and first para to see what they want you to think. Then look for the bit of the story that you are least likely to read, probably near the end, and find out what REALLY happened...

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