For some odd reason*, I just had a brrrrr email about the new ministerial responsibilities at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
What struck me though was this bit:
PAT MCFADDEN MP: MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS AND POSTAL AFFAIRS
Responsible for employment relations, ACAS, postal policy and the Royal Mail and Post Office portfolio of the Shareholder Executive, the Insolvency Service (including companies investigations), strengthening regional economies, Olympic legacy and transformational government
Am I being overly cynical when I note that the post office has been lumped in with employment relations â€“ considering the rather stike happy lot the post office employs?
As Jim Hacker commented when offered a similar role in Yes Minister, â€œwhat â€“ be held responsible for all the strikes in the UK? No thanks!â€
Maybe Pat has upset Mandy and got lumped with the “strikers portfolio” as a punishment?
*odd in the sense that I didn’t know I was on their mailing list.