The news that Dave Hartnett, formerly the tax panjandrum of Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, has been taken on as a consultant by Deloitte has provoked outrage to the left of him and outrage to the right.
Comparisons with the US and France have been drawn. In the former, the revolving door between the administration and lobbying and consulting firms has become especially controversial in recent months. Academic studies have shown a link between the access of ex-public servants to former colleagues and their remuneration, in what has become a multibillion-dollar industry. In the latter, we are reminded that a tight elite from a small number of universities runs the country, moving seamlessly between government, banks and industrial companies.