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West Coast fiasco: 'Biggest British failure since poll tax'

How can he possibly be judged to be independent when he is a non-executive director of the department whose actions, including the actions of senior civil servants and ministers who are with him on the board, must be the subject of an inquiry in this case?

Do you not recognise that the findings of such an inquiry will always be tainted until they are properly independently conducted and that proper independent review cannot take place under a non-executive director of the very department that has conducted probably the single biggest failure in British public policy since the poll tax?

– Lord Adonis, former Secretary of State for Transport on Sam Laidlaw's appointment to review the process

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