There are some rather unhappy people at the Equalities & Human Rights Commission, it appears. Trevor Phillips is presiding over a far from happy ship. Not only has his chief executive resigned, but now the Director of Strategy, Patrick Diamond is clambering back aboard the sinking ship that calls itself Number Ten Downing Street. Gaby Hinsliff wrote it up yesterday HERE.
It seems that Nicola Brewer had great concerns about the leadership of Trevor Phillips, highlighted by his moonlighting as an adviser on equality issues for Channel 4. I'm told it was at her urging that the EHR Commission Board told Phillips to cease his consultancy. Phillips and Diamond were also reported to have clashed over Diamond's ideas for the future of the Commission.
I reckon there's a lot more to come out about what is going on there. Should any unhappy personnel of the EHR Commission want to unburden themselves, my email address is at the top of the blog.
All this raises the question of what will happen to the EHR Commission under a Tory government. It has a huge staff and a huge budget. According to a House of Lords written answer in December 2008, the Commission has a staff of ... wait for it... 409, with a further 35 being recruited! What on earth do they do all day? I dread to think what its annual budget is. Anyone know?