Magazine article The Spectator

Leaking, Planting, Manuring, Gordon Brown's Gardeners End Up by Getting Their Feet Wet

Magazine article The Spectator

Leaking, Planting, Manuring, Gordon Brown's Gardeners End Up by Getting Their Feet Wet

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Now that the dirty water is lapping at the Treasury's doorstep, the water-gardeners are in trouble, and about time too. It is the best part of a year since Gordon Brown set off around the world to preach the virtues of transparency, and even then it seemed incongruous. I said at the time that his regime at the Treasury had been marked by a water-gardener's approach to disclosure - selective leaking and planting with a liberal top-dressing of manure: `Transparency would certainly be welcome.' Not a chance. His gardening squad had been with him in opposition, they swarmed around him in government, and the very next month they were starring in a film too aptly called We Are the Treasury. They so evidently believed that they were, and that the Permanent Secretary therefore wasn't, let alone the press secretary. (Neither of these two relished this display of arrogance and both have now left the public service. …

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