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?
The true cost of the fiasco over the West Coast Main Line franchise is only just beginning to become clear.
A critical report by MPS has condemned the £50 million cost to the taxpayer caused by the West Coast Mainline fiasco.
Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin has told MPs today that mistakes over West Coast should not have been made.