Public Accounts Committee

Googlewhacked? Why humiliating the search giant isn’t enough

11 February 2016 12:52

It was never going to be an enjoyable experience trying to defend Google in front of the Public Accounts Committee…

Is Margaret Hodge the ‘tarantula’ good for politics?

13 March 2015 10:08

It’s not just on the Health Select Committee that election fever is starting to take hold. The Public Accounts Committee…

Who on earth does Margaret Hodge think she is?

10 March 2015 15:23

Most people, when they hear the word populist, will think of Marine Le Pen going mad about Muslim immigrants or…

The BBC Trust is a classic New Labour horlicks

9 September 2013 18:43

Nobody is ever ‘invited’ to appear before Margaret Hodge and the Commons public accounts committee. They are always ‘hauled’ before…

Why is the NHS spending public money on inferior treatment, and why don’t patients know about it?

4 June 2013 11:10

The NHS reform debate remains fixated with money. Budgets, we are led to believe, are directly related to the quality…

Wind power is unnecessarily stretching the cost of living

14 January 2013 19:01

The perfect news to greet a freezing Britain today — energy bills are set to take another hike thanks to…

Sherlock Heywood will face the mob

8 January 2013 17:32

Not long ago Westminster wags nicknamed Sir Jeremy Heywood, Downing Street’s top Sir Humphrey — ‘Wormtongue’ after Tolkien’s poisonous power…

Jimmy Carr, another figure to face public wrath over his tax affairs, at a launch in a Starbucks in 2012. Picture: Getty

MPs criticise ‘voluntary’ tax arrangements for Starbucks and other big companies

3 December 2012 9:01

Danny Alexander might be glad that a PR panic before the Public Accounts Committee published its report into HMRC and…

Lin Homer insisted that HMRC was not giving big business an easy ride.

Headmistress Hodge grills HMRC on tax avoidance

5 November 2012 18:17

Ever since Margaret Hodge took over the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee, its evidence sessions have become rather lively:…