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Books in brief: Called to Account by Margaret Hodge

The failings of the civil service

By Vicky Pryce   January 2017

Called to Account by Margaret Hodge (Little, Brown, £18.99)isbn9781408708071-detail

I wonder what impact a Margaret Hodge equivalent would make in the US, where the President-Elect believes that not paying tax is a smart thing to do? The Labour MP has come to prominence in recent years as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, taking to task tax evaders and shoddy public procurement projects.

Hodge was my minister in what was then called the Department for Trade and Industry in the mid-2000s, in charge of the business portfolio. I found that, unlike some of…

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