Magazine article The Spectator

Won't Some Other Quango Come to the Rescue of Poor Sally Morgan? upon Your Wallet to Exist. I Invented a Game You Can Play Based upon These Monkeys, the People Who Run Everything. It's Called 'Six Degrees of Shami Chakrabarti', and What You Do Is Pick a Quango or Public Institution at Random, and Then Pick a Name from the Board of That Institution at Random and See How Many Moves It Takes to Get You to Shami Chakrabarti. It's Usually a Lowish Number, like One or Two. Sally Morgan to Shami You Can Do in Two Moves: Sally's Married to the Barrister John Lyons, Former Chair of Liberty, of Which Organisation Shami Is the Current

Magazine article The Spectator

Won't Some Other Quango Come to the Rescue of Poor Sally Morgan? upon Your Wallet to Exist. I Invented a Game You Can Play Based upon These Monkeys, the People Who Run Everything. It's Called 'Six Degrees of Shami Chakrabarti', and What You Do Is Pick a Quango or Public Institution at Random, and Then Pick a Name from the Board of That Institution at Random and See How Many Moves It Takes to Get You to Shami Chakrabarti. It's Usually a Lowish Number, like One or Two. Sally Morgan to Shami You Can Do in Two Moves: Sally's Married to the Barrister John Lyons, Former Chair of Liberty, of Which Organisation Shami Is the Current

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Can someone please explain to me why the BBC newsreaders were not wearing black armbands last weekend when reporting the tragic story of Sally Morgan being given the boot from Ofsted? In all other manners the coverage was adequately respectful and the reporters, rightly, allowed their anguish to bleed through the fraying bandage of impartiality. Not enough, mind - I could have done with some real weeping and tearing at the hair: how could this brilliant and exciting woman be so traduced?

The Tories are trying to take over everything!

You'd have thought they'd won an election, or something. How dare they.

I wonder which public institution will be the next grateful harbour for Baroness Morgan? You can bet your life she will wash up somewhere, almost certainly without the sort of process you or I would have to go through to get a job. You might have thought there would be an opening at the Environment Agency, what with its chaotic response to the recent inclement weather - but no, Baron Smith, another Labour peer, is clinging on to his job, despite admitting that the East Anglian coastline will soon begin somewhere near Sudbury. But there are an almost infinite number of other quangos and public bodies and charidees for which the only qualifications needed are to have amenable, centre-left opinions and to have friends in think tanks and the like.

The BBC itself, for example, might be a good place for Sally - now that Caroline Thomson, the former somewhat tarnished 'Chief Operating Officer', has left to run the English National Ballet. Didn't know Caroline could dance, did you? On the head of a pin, reader, on the head of a pin. Ms Thomson is also known as Lady Liddle, through her marriage to that New Labour scullion or eminence Roger (now Lord) Liddle. No relation, I hasten to add. I mean no relation to me - obviously Lord and Lady Liddle are related, they're married. Almost every public job in the country is occupied by this sort of person, each of them occupying several berths in multifarious institutions which largely depend upon your wallet to exist. I invented a game you can play based upon these monkeys, the people who run everything. It's called 'Six Degrees of Shami Chakrabarti', and what you do is pick a quango or public institution at random, and then pick a name from the board of that institution at random and see how many moves it takes to get you to Shami Chakrabarti. It's usually a lowish number, like one or two. Sally Morgan to Shami you can do in two moves: Sally's married to the barrister John Lyons, former chair of Liberty, of which organisation Shami is the current director. …

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