Reward for failure: 29
This Political Concern website was set up in 2010 to raise awareness of the ‘revolving door’, rewards for failure, widespread behind-the-scene lobbying and party funding which corrupts the decision-making process. A ‘media’ category was added later.
It has recorded far more instances of rewards for ethical, commercial or financial failures but the editor stopped searching at 29.
A typical example filed two years ago stars Lin Homer and John Manzoni.
Another example – The message: in Britain you can break the law or be colossally inefficient and yet still be promoted and/or rewarded: “Former MP Jacqui Smith, who lost her Redditch seat after being involved in an expenses scandal has been appointed chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust. Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart was quoted in the Birmingham Post at the time as saying “It looks to me as if we are rewarding failure and I have raised this with the Health Secretary”.
Information of rewards for failures on the part of DEFRA, HMRC, Fire Control chief, HBOS and other bankers, UK Border Agency personnel, FSA chairman and the former CE of Kent Council are recorded on our database