Posted by: Closed Circuit20/07/2012
Far be it from Closed Circuit to suggest the wheels of the Communities and Local Government department move slowly.
Let’s leave such scurrilous accusations to its deputy director for homelessness and housing support Roger Wilshaw instead.
When Mr Wilshaw took the stage to deliver a speech at Homeless Link’s conference last week he said he could not read his notes because it was too dark. Within seconds, a helpful flunky switched on a small light at the lectern. ‘If only things happened that quickly in the office’ quipped Mr Wilshaw, prompting the question: how long does it take a CLG employee to find the light switch?
Fresh from unleashing his rap skills on an unsuspecting Guardian readership a few weeks ago, Grant Shapps has been demonstrating that he is a true Vaudevillian all-round entertainer of a housing minister.
Well, on Twitter anyway. Responding to a tweet asking if he had heard himself being praised as a ‘hard-working MP’ by one of his constituents on talk radio the previous evening, Mr Shapps replied that he hadn’t but that he ‘must ask my dad to stop calling in’. Closed Circuit salutes the minister’s quick wit. Spoiled, sadly, by that enemy of comedy: the smiley. Why, Mr Shapps? Why?
Last week’s star Inside Housing columnist David Levenson revealed a previously hidden creative streak at a recent reception.
Network Housing Group’s finance director has been toying with starting a blog in recent months, encouraged by the positive response he received from peers after dipping his toe into the water with this esteemed publication.
But Mr Levenson has been discouraged from forging ahead with a portfolio career by his own flesh and blood - a daughter who, like Closed Circuit, is shackled to a career of hackery on behalf of the Fourth Estate. Not only is his progeny’s advice robbing the world of valuable insights into the global economy, it also means we may never get to revel in one of the blogosphere’s truly great titles: ‘The Levenson Enquiry’. Publish and be damned, we say.
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