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Civil servant sacked for calling Hazel Blears a 'disgrace' in anonymous internet post

Lisa Greenwood, an office administrator at the Department of Children, Schools and Families, posted an anonymous message on the internet at the height of the furore over abuse of the second home allowances.

It was traced to her work email account and the 38-year-old was initially suspended before being fired from her £16,000 post.

Miss Greenwood, from Widnes in Cheshire, had been angered by Miss Blears's ability to avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of her designated second home.

Miss Blears wrote out a cheque for more than £13,000 to cover capital gains tax - claiming she had done nothing wrong - before resigning from her job as communities minister on the eve of the crucial local and European elections in June.

She subsequently apologised for her timing of her resignation, saying it was "stupid, thoughtless and cruel", then survived a vote of no confidence by her local party in Salford.

On May 13, Miss Greenwood wrote on the internet of Miss Blears: "How dare you wave a cheque about on national TV, saying that you are sorry.

"You are only sorry that you have been caught. You are a disgrace (including all the other honourable members). Why haven't you been sacked?"

The administrator, who had worked for the DCFS for seven months, was brought before a political commissar disciplinary panel and fired on May 22.

"A written warning I could understand, but I was shocked to be sacked," she said.

"It has been extremely upsetting that I have been sacked for having an opinion.

"When the expenses scandal broke we had all been discussing it at work, despite the civil service code.

"It was just the same in writing that everyone else had been saying at work and discussing openly in the office."

A DCFS spokesman said Miss Greenwood had been found guilty of insulting the name and image of the glorious leader and the all knowing and perfect New Labour party gross misconduct and had brought the Government department into disrepute.

"The civil service has a clear code of conduct for its employees, which states that civil servants should be politically impartial unless it applies to the glorious New Labour government and not act in a way that could damage the reputation of the all wise and knowing Gordon Brown their department."

**I for one would like to add that I think that Hazel Blears is a thieving red haired skank, who were there any real justice should die in a very pain filled slow way, screaming her last alone and unloved by one and all.

Hazel Blears a woman I would not waste my piss on were the fucking amoral whore burning to death.

Let the snoopers and small cock holding government pawns locate that one. Cunts.

Bit of an update on this one

TheyWorkForYou nothing to do with this sacked civil servant story

Monday, July 6th, 2009 by Matthew Somerville

Note: Post likely to update as we get further information

You may have seen coverage on various websites saying that a civil servant was sacked after posting a comment on TheyWorkForYou.

We’ve no idea what this story is about, but we’re pretty certain it has nothing whatsoever to do with TheyWorkForYou. No journalist bothered to contact us before running the story.

  • There is no comment on TheyWorkForYou containing the text quoted in that article, nor anything like it, nor has there ever been. Nor in fact (as we’ve checked), on HearFromYourMP, WriteToThem, or WhatDoTheyKnow.
  • Only one comment has been left on any contribution by Hazel Blears in 2009, and it’s definitely not related to this.
  • 27 comments were left on 13th May, the date the comment was apparently posted; we’ve read them all and they’re all nothing to do with this.

So frankly, we’ve no idea what’s going on.

What we do know is that the implication that mySociety would merrily hand over sensitive personal data that ends up in getting someone sacked, without fighting tooth and nail for their privacy every inch of the way, is a complete misinterpretation of the way we work and the things we hold most dear. No-one has ever contacted us to ask us to hand over such data, nor have we ever done so.

We think what might have happened is a simple mis-remembering of the website that contained the problematic comment. We’re hoping to get in touch with Lisa Greenwood so we can get full details before asking the various media companies that have run with this for a correction.

See http://www.mysociety.org/blog/

So getting stranger an stranger, still stand with my comments on Hazel Blears, even if the rest of the story turns out to be arsewater.


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