Leaked Treasury Memo Warns “Leaking is Unacceptable”

Unfortunately Guido has upset the Red Guards of the Culture War over at the Treasury again. Following Guido’s story on Friday, revealing how civil servants were being encouraged into Maoist-style policing of each other’s woke-ness – by becoming “critical allies” of the department and making it “clear to everyone around you about where you stand” – a less than amused Executive Management Board (EMB) of the Treasury has today sent a round robin to all staff warning them against ever leaking again, and claiming whoever’s caught will face “disciplinary procedures”. On cue, here’s the statement in full, as leaked by brave civil servants:

“Last week an internal Redbox blog by a member of the Ethnic Diversity Network was leaked to the media. This leak was discussed at EMB, who wanted to remind all staff of our values and that leaking is unacceptable, constitutes misconduct and is subject to our disciplinary procedures.

Frank and open internal communications on the issues that matter to you can only be enabled by trust. Breaching that trust through leaks such as this inhibits debate and makes communication harder for all of us.”

One of Guido’s moles within the department claims there’s no such thing as “internal ‘debate’ or accountability”, and “external pressure is the only way” to resist the ideological groupthink throughout Whitehall. In any case, all this nonsense should be publicly available, not secret. Taxpayers are entitled to know. Any other mandarins who want to come forward should get in touch at team@order-order.com

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Rishi Blames Computer System for Benefit Freeze

Rishi Sunak has blamed the Treasury’s outdated software for not allowing him to raise benefits in an interview with Bloomberg. It’s not the first time the excuse has come to light; a Times article last Thursday revealed officials had told the Chancellor he could only raise benefits once a year at a certain point, with a government source saying “the system was simply not built to be flexible.” Sunak’s now explained the problem on the record. If it is true it is unacceptably pathetic, it also makes him sound a lot like a certain Little Britain character…

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Rishi Goes Ape for Crypto

Amidst a huge squeeze on living standards, a mini-budget that plunged him to the depths of unpopularity among Tory members, and awkward silence about his wife’s investments, Rishi’s dug deep, worked hard and come up with the policy announcement Britain’s been waiting for: an official HMT Non-Fungible Token. If you’re not already familiar the concept Guido doesn’t plan on explaining it here; keep an eye out for Guido’s own NFT coming soon…

The announcement comes as part of HMT’s strategy to “make the UK a global cryptoasset technology hub”, and comes alongside plans for “Stablecoins” to be recognised as a form of payment, an announcement of various measures to make the UK a global hub for cryptoasset investment, and measures legislating for a “financial market infrastructure sandbox”, which the Treasury says will be “an emblem of the forward-looking approach the UK is determined to take”. Good luck to whoever at the Royal Mint has to explain all this to Her Majesty…

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Local SNP Branches Forced to Return £20,000 Covid Support, English Parties Should Follow Suit

Two SNP branches in Angus have been told they must return the £10,000 grants they each received in coronavirus support, after the local council finally enforced government rules that political parties should be ineligible for public funding. The Arbroath and Montrose branches successfully applied for cash back in July, with SNP councillor Alex King claiming ‘the rules at the outset did not state that the local branch offices of political parties were not entitled to receive business support grant‘. Considering the Scottish government’s guidelines always stated that “no part of the grant shall be used to fund any activity or material which […] appears to be designed to affect support for a political party”, Guido isn’t sure how any of this happened…

In any case, Guido suggests there’s a lesson to be learned here for the parties south of the border. New Freedom of Information documents have revealed that 22 local branches of English parties also claimed £10,000 grants by taking advantage of the looser application guidelines set by the Treasury. Conservative branches claimed by far the most cash, accepting a whopping £150,000 of taxpayers’ money across 15 Conservative Associations, with 7 Constituency Labour Parties taking in a total sum of £70,000. So far, only two Conservative branches and one Labour branch have returned their grants… 

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Barclay Exposes Flaws in Treasury’s No Deal Forecasts

As Barclay points out, a forecast 15 years out that assumes the Government takes no action is not likely to be the most reliable…

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McDonnell’s Ten-Point Treasury Takeover Plan

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has written to the Treasury’s most senior civil servant, Sir Tom Scholar, to put the Treasury on notice of the radical changes he is planning for how it operates if he ever becomes Chancellor. Guido has obtained his own copy of the three-page letter setting out McDonnell’s 10-point plan to reshape the Treasury as the all-powerful instrument of his own economic ideology. Guido gives you a taste of the future that lies in store under our glorious Corbynite overlords:

The revolution will be swift, McDonnell wants an emergency budget passed “within no more than 10 weeks”. The Treasury is instructed to “plan for the necessary preliminary actions to be taken to ensure that spending in advance of Royal Assent is permissible” – he wants the civil service to enact his “urgent spending priorities as well as tax proposals” including a “National Investment Bank” before he has even secured full approval from Parliament. The centrist counter-revolutionaries will never see it coming…

A full civil service re-education programme will be implemented: “The Treasury will widen the range of economic theories and approaches in which its officials and those in the rest of the government are trained”. Those emergency spending powers will help them get their own copies of Mao’s Little Red Book in good time…

McDonnell plans to centralise more power under himself by introducing new versions of Brown’s Public Service Agreements scrapped by Osborne, which give the Treasury the power to impose “monitoring arrangements” and exercise much tighter control over individual Government Departments. He also wants the current 3-year Spending Reviews to be replaced by good old 5-year plans. They worked so well in Soviet Russia and Maoist China after all…

The Treasury will also be required to throw open “all its policy making processes, including Budgets and Spending Reviews” to “wide” and “meaningful” consultations with the public, “businesses, trade unions, civic organisations and relevant stakeholders.” Will Momentum be getting a seat at the table?

The obvious reason why this is not done is because the contents of the Budget are highly market-sensitive, it would cause absolute chaos with price moving leaks. Of course in McDonnell’s true Marxist utopia, all businesses would be owned by and all prices set by the state, so maybe this wouldn’t be an issue after all…

The letter makes clear the scale of Corbyn and McDonnell’s ambitions to fundamentally reshape the institutions of the state along their own ideological lines. Any moderate Labour MPs who are happily going along with it on the basis that it’s just a slightly stronger form of Milibandism are going to be in for a nasty shock…

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