Best Quote… …Ever!!!

Forthright civil servant to be PM’s security adviser

Sir Richard, who is 59, has been moving between the top ranks of Whitehall for more than 10 years. He has survived bruising encounters involving both senior officials and ministers. He also knows the dangers of spinning – whether intelligence or anything else.

He was permanent secretary at the Department of Transport when, on September 11 2001, Jo Moore, an aide to Stephen Byers, then secretary of state, told officials in an email that it would be “a very good day” to “get out anything we want to bury”. A few months later, in February 2002, Ms Moore and Martin Sixsmith, the department’s director of communications, allegedly discussed whether the day of Princess Margaret’s funeral would be a good time to release potentially damaging figures about the state of the railways.

It was subsequently announced that both Ms Moore and Mr Sixsmith had resigned. Mr Sixsmith denied this, and Mr Byers, who did later resign, gave a confusing account in the Commons about what had gone on. Sir Richard put it more succinctly. He is said to have told a colleague: “We’re all fucked. I’m fucked. You’re fucked. The whole department’s fucked. It’s been the biggest cock-up ever and we’re all completely fucked.”

One Response to “Best Quote… …Ever!!!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Gives us a glimpse of what could have been “Yes Minister – Director’s Cut” – yet again we have been denied someting truly wonderful to behold. Quotes like that help me to maintain some form of faith in the sheer baseness of humanity when the shit really hits the fan ….

    May all your weekends be chagrin-free ….

    Is mise le meas

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