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The top civil servant of NICOLA Sturgeon tried to justify to her peers her “vision” for local government by using the Oasis hit Wonderall, official records show.
In a PowerPoint presentation published today by the National Records of Scotland, Leslie Evans, the Scottish government’s £170,000-a-year permanent secretary, cited the album.
Ms. Evans gave on one slide a choice between Noel Gallagher’s tune and TS Eliot’s most popular poem, the Nobel Prize winner for literature.
“Local Governance: Wasteland or Wonderwall?” she asked over photos of the two wordsmiths who were rarely opposed.
The Wasteland is generally recognized as the 20th century’s most influential poem; Wonderwall won the 1996 MTV Europe Music Award for best song.
“All the roads we walk along are winding/And all the lights that lead us there are blinding”All the roads we walk along are winding/And all the lights that lead us there are blinding”last word”last word.
In newly opened Scottish Government records, the idiosyncratic lecture is included.
In September 2003, while working in the Department of Local Government and Constitution and Finance in a previous job, Ms. Evans gave a presentation to other senior Scottish government executives.
“presentation on the key commitments and proposals for local government and local government in general”a presentation on the key commitments and proposals for local government and local government in general”a proposal to conduct a ‘Local Government Visions’ scenario planning exercise.”a proposal to conduct a planning exercise for a ‘Local Government Visions’ scenario.
The exercise, which also featured the classic Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life and said “sexy it ain’t,” for better governance, made managers focus on a variety of “key issues.”
This included fundamental questions such as “are our goals clear enough” and “do we sufficiently understand the direction we want to go,” according to the minutes.
In the context of the proposals for local government vision work, policy officials were then charged with “trying to conceptualize the questions in the context of the proposals for local government vision work.”
In July 2015, Ms. Evans became the most senior civil servant in the Scottish government.
She has been asked to resign over her role in the Alex Salmond affair in recent years.
She oversaw the faulty inquiry by the Scottish government into claims of sexual assault against the former First Minister in 2018, which culminated in a government court loss and a £ 512,000 bill for the expenses of Mr. Salmond to taxpayers.
She is married to Derek McVay, a former member of The Visitors, an Edinburgh punk band from the 1970s who became production manager for the Jamiroquai jazz-funk band.