In that sense, his speech could easily have been given by a much more fitting figure for the Ditchley Foundation: Tony Blair.
While Andrew Jones returns as an Under-Secretary to the department from which he was removed as an Under-Secretary.
We spend £251 billion each year on outsourcing and contracting without evidence that this is a good deal for taxpayers.
A highways partnership deal has resulted in fewer potholes, new street lighting – and saved a million pounds a year.
That the company is a government customer isn’t the whole story. After all, few customers must manage the consequences of their supplier’s collapse.
The price of being thought business-minded is that it reflects particularly badly on Tory ministers when the private sector gets it wrong.
Little was achieved beyond inter-authority squabbling over priorities and endless consultants’ reports. The Local Enterprise Partnerships are much better.
The new PFI policy is a classic example.
McDonnell neglected to mention the hundreds of contracts that Labour entered into.
Housing, roads and networks are three priorities for the Autumn Statement.