There is much jostling on the decks.
As one insider, quoted by the Evening Standard comments:
"They can't believe their luck. There are retirement parties all the time stretching into next spring. It seems an odd way to save money but no one is complaining. Some intend to take the money and then work in the private sector."£300 million is also the amount of the fine Defra was ordered to pay by the EU for its shambolic handling of the RPA
£220,000 was the sum in tenders received in October 2006 for vital repairs to Pirbright
£520 million is what the failure to make the Pirbright site secure cost the sheep industry
£3.7 billion is, according to Lord Rooker, DEFRA's overall budget
The headline chosen for the Evening Standard: "Staff offered £40,000-a-year for life 'bribes' to quit shamed ministry Defra" Interesting that only the word "bribes" appears inside inverted commas; the word "shamed" can stand naked and alone. And as the ship of shame glugs its way further and further down into the muddied waters we are left wondering what will become of those so entangled by DEFRA's controlling ropes that they are unable to take any of the actions needed to save themselves.