Saturday, 12 June 2010

Round-up of the week

It's been an interesting week. After Sunday's TV appearance by Emma Harrison we had to wait for statements from ministers Chris Grayling and David Freud to find out what she meant by her "whole families" claim and her assumption that A4e would be delivering the new contracts. On Thursday Freud spoke at the Queen's Speech Forum (reported on the Indus Delta site) and "reassured the audience that all providers currently performing well will take a full place in the new programme and as long as they worked hard, they had no need to worry." He also promised that "providers will have the freedom to carry out their work – with no meddling from government." The latter statement raises the spectre of unaccountable private companies whose clients have no right of appeal to their Jobcentre or MP, because government must foot the bill but not "meddle". No wonder Emma was happy.
There is still no sign of the latest Channel 4 programme featuring Ms Harrison, although it is thought to be scheduled for this month. But, like any other public performer, she has the services of an agency to promote her interests. "McLean-Williams Management is a theatrical agency set up to provide a first class service for actors, actresses and creatives" says their website, and Emma Harrison is listed as a client under "presenters". (Mind you, her CV page doesn't seem to have been updated for a while.) What is next for Emma as a presenter, one wonders. The GMTV sofa, perhaps; they seem to be losing presenters at the moment.


  1. I think now is the time to start writing to your local MPs along with those serving on the Works & Pensions Select Committee (as and when they are appointed) insisting that accountability & safeguards are built in to these contracts. I for one will be raising questions over A4e's abilities considering their performance to date with FND (300 outcomes since October in this region according to the local manager).

  2. The Teflon Don14 June 2010 at 05:45

    I think Emma Harrison's appearance on TV will greatly aid the recovery of our economy by boosting sales of TVs. How you ask? Well, digruntled ex-A4e client sees her on TV spouting the usual rubbish. Suitably enraged, digruntled ex-A4 throws large object at TV!


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