16 November 2008
The Revolving Door
Sir David Manning is a former foreign policy advisor to Tony Blair (in the buildup to Iraq) and a former ambassador to the US. Sir David has now become a non-executive director of the British branch of Lockheed Martin (which sells jet fighters and missiles to Britain). He's also on the advisory board of Hakluyt, a firm which "once hired a former German agent to spy on Greenpeace on behalf of oil companies." Sir David only left the post of Ambassador to the US in October 2007. Most civil servants do their job in the name of public service. This job move gives the impression that high-level aides just wait for an eventual reward from the corporate sector.
Posted by scott redding at 1:39 pm