It seems that the Department for International Development has spent thousands of pounds of tax payers money on commissioning PR agencies to produce a short film with former Blue Peter presenter, Emmerdale actor and all round hunk Tim Vincent, designed to promote 'ethical' purchasing on Valentines Day.
The film was destined for news websites. It had been shot and edited and it was ready to be made public. That is, until a Minister at DFID decided not to approve it. Meanwile Tim Vincent and the PR agencies pick up their healthy fees for services rendered and all at the expense of the you, the Great British Tax Payer. The ad was pulled from several websites (including THIS one) but the wonders of YouTube mean I can still bring it to you. Aren't you so proud of how the government is spending your money?
If you google "Tim Vincent + dfid" you get THIS page. On the Google list it says: "Also, click on the video, below, to hear Dancing on Ice's Tim Vincent talk..." Trouble is, there is now no video on that page. In addition, the Google list says: "DFID commissioned a survey of some of these workers, to find out how life is ..." Strange then that there is no mention of the survey on the page. SO what happened to this survey, and how much did it cost?
So if you are a Tory or LibDem MP reading this, do feel free to put down a couple of PQs to the new DFID Secretary (buggered if I can remember who it is, though) asking how much this fiasco cost us.