Recently I exposed some concerns with Environment Commissioner Jan Wrightâ€™s claim that she was independent.
One of those concerns was the fact one of her key staff members is Rob Egan, a former Communications Advisor for the EMPU. It is believed that Egan is a blogger on the Standard â€“ aka Irish Bill.
Well, today I can reveal more staffing issues that bring Jan Wrightâ€™s â€śindependenceâ€ť claim even further under the spotlight.
The general manager of Jan Wrightâ€™s office is Sarah Clark, who before taking up that role, spent nine years as the Director of the Labour Partyâ€™s Communications Unit. Take a look for yourself.Â
According to her Linkedin profile, Clarkâ€™s job description for the political position with the Labour Party was:
â€śProviding Labour MPs with high quality support and information.â€ť
I wonder if she took that job description with her to Jan Wrightâ€™s office.
So to sum up, here we have a supposedly â€śindependentâ€ť commissioner for the environment who has hired two Labour Party flunkies to help provide a balanced non-political view.
So next time, Jan Wright comes out criticising a Government policy, just remember who works in her office, and where their loyalties are.