The Wilted Rose

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Is Business, Innovation and Skills ‘the Biz’ or just Mandelsonian empire building?

So, I was told by the Taxpayers Alliance today when I went for a meeting with Matthew Sinclair today, that BERR has changed its name again to the department (small d) of Business, Innovation and Skills (big B I S).

So not only has BIS dropped regulatory reform but they have also taken on innovation and Skills (not skills) from the shortlived DIUS (don’t ask).

So methinks it is the building of the Mandelsonian empire – and I missed the change when I was abroad in the summer – but only for another 9 months until he becomes an opposition peer prior to the great kicking out of Lords in an elected second chamber.

It may be BIS but it definitely not the Biz.

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1 September, 2009 - Posted by | politics | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Well said: I completely agree. The handing over of the DIUS to Mandelson was done for two reasons:

    1) To reward him for having covered Brown’s back after the European elections and saving his political skin

    2) To try and disguise the fact that Brown has run out of people talented enough to serve in Cabinet and needed fewer posts

    Can’t imagine it will make much difference in practice to the University sector however, given how useless the DIUS was.

    Comment by The Half-Blood Welshman | 2 September, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks, HBW. What will Mandy do when his government is kicked out of power?

      Comment by Armchair Sceptic | 7 September, 2009 | Reply

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