Yesterday, he bent the passage of time – by giving the Commons the chance to carry out a Covid reckoning before the inquiry is up and running.
He was appearing before a virtual session of the Treasury Select Committee to answer questions about the Greensill affair.
The rush towards Something Must Be Done should be paused. How about having a fresh look at ethics and values, as well as the concept of trust?
P.S: It’s early days in the Greensill affair. But the people we elect don’t always seem to be in charge.
Opposition politicians are wrong in their assessment of the country’s economic response to Covid.
We found over a million people excluded from the Government schemes are struggling to pay for food and everyday essentials.
The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
The Chair of the Treasury Select Committee on its efforts to get information from the Government on the costs of restrictions to lives and livelihoods.
Our latest survey finds that nine in ten Party members support such a move – a total that this latest news is unlikely to have reduced.
It’s important to have advisers, but “advisers advise and Ministers decide” – because the latter are accountable to the rest of us.
Government needs to reform the stucture of expert advice, and publish serious analysis of the cost of the options they face.
Aggressive and intimidating enforcement plagued our system long before Covid: now is not the time to cross our fingers and hope that this might change.
The Exiting the European Union Committee has been renamed. The Conservative MPs elected to it are staunch Brexiteers.
Any candidate who focuses solely on leaving the EU will hit a brick wall with the Parliamentary Party.
We need a powerful Parliamentary spending watchdog, a Budget Committee, to stop hard-earned public cash being wasted.