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He thinks the story does merit the “exclusive” tag, telling “Race to be next Cabinet Secretary - or head up the FCO - explodes tonight as bullying and expenses 'whitewash' claims detonate on Whitehall”. But there has been no detonation. And why there has been no detonation is not hard to see: this is thin gruel, all nudges and winks.
The hedging is veritably overgrowing: Ms Romeo “was investigated for bullying staff and misusing expenses”, but very soon we see she “was subsequently cleared by the Cabinet Office and promoted a few weeks later”. Case closed? Er, no: “According to informed sources … claimed to have felt pressured … they did not believe were fully justified … some former colleagues believe … A source said”. A source said? Like in the Sun?
There is more: “is understood to have claimed … The official allegedly begged colleagues … Mounting speculation … furious ex-colleagues … Last night, one said”. So someone who holds a senior position in the Civil Service has lots of former colleagues, some of whom don’t like them? Nothing to see here, film at 11.
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“During her time in New York, where she promoted British interests and UK trade, Mrs Romeo hosted a series of glitzy [more pejorative language] parties for celebrity figures including Calvin Klein, Anna Wintour, Joanna Lumley and the now-disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein [Weinstein? Boo Weinstein!]”. And on drones Master Cole.
“The cost of sending expensive [pejorative language again] bouquets of flowers to British celebrities, including Victoria Beckham, formed part of a dossier of allegations”. But enough. This is nothing more than a catalogue of smears. And all that Master Cole is doing is to once more take dictation from someone wanting an angle putting out there.
There is clearly a range of candidates to replace Sedwill. That is of next to no interest to the MoS readership, or indeed anyone else. Singling one out for smearing on the front page of a national newspaper shows that someone in Whitehall is devoid of ethics.
And it says the same about Master Cole, too. But you knew that already.