Reward for failure: 32 – Jacqui Smith, elected to chair Birmingham’s Lunar Society
This site has recorded many instances of rewards for ethical commercial or financial failures but the editor stopped searching at 29. A typical example filed two years ago starred Lin Homer and John Manzoni. Now political figures are coming to the fore. Number 30 was health minister Jeremy Hunt.
Four years after the first report we read of two further rewards for former MP Jacqui Smith, who lost her Redditch seat after incorrectly claiming expenses and was later 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”.
Earlier in July this year, Ms Smith was appointed by the Department for Education to chair the board of the new Sandwell Children’s Social Care Trust and – regrettably – today it is reported that she has now been elected Chairman of The Lunar Society.
What conclusions can the public draw?