Recently I exposed some concerns with Environment Commissioner Jan Wright’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 – aka Irish Bill.
Well, today I can reveal more staffing issues that bring Jan Wright’s “independence” claim even further under the spotlight.
The general manager of Jan Wright’s office is Sarah Clark, who before taking up that role, spent nine years as the Director of the Labour Party’s Communications Unit. Take a look for yourself.
According to her Linkedin profile, Clark’s job description for the political position with the Labour Party was:
“Providing Labour MPs with high quality support and information.”
I wonder if she took that job description with her to Jan Wright’s office.
So to sum up, here we have a supposedly “independent” 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.