Matt puts staff on stairway to hell
MATT Hancock has decided to put his best foot forward as part of his new drive to get the nation focusing on the prevention of poor health, rather than its treatment. Arriving at the BBC’s Portland Place studios to promote the initiative, the Health Secretary was met by a producer who immediately ushered him towards the lift. ‘No, no lifts,’ he responded. ‘We all need to start learning to use the stairs.’ Unfortunately, this ministerial edict that has come as something of a shock to his officials.
‘I’m not sure this is going to work,’ one told me despondently. ‘Matt’s office in the Department is on the ninth floor.’ The dream of a slimmed-down Civil Service is within the Government’s grasp.