David Jamieson was never a very distinguished Government minister - doling out a few million for canal barges in Yorkshire, unveiling national motorbike strategies, that was about his level. Probably the only thing he was known for, if at all, was being interviewed on live television about his work as Roads Safety Minister while a pedestrian was being knocked down by a lorry in the background. When he stood down from Plymouth Devonport in May 2005 to spend more time with his Transport Consultancies not even Tony Blair considered him good enough to join the ranks of noble nonentities such as Lord Lipsey.
With Golden Arrow taking a few bumps, I wonder if Jamieson got has himself involved in another accident now? His "no claims bonus" looks good: according to the Dept for Transport accounts for 2005/6, he received a severance payment as compensation for loss of office of £7,293. Not much perhaps - but aren't you supposed to get severance payments for being made redundant, instead of deciding to quit? I wonder if that was tax-free, courtesy of the tax-payer. According to the Sunday Times reports, now he is a consultant with Golden Arrow, Mr Jamieson charges £250 per hour for, er, phoning his old colleagues at the Dept for Transport - so the "third party cover" is pretty generous too. But not only does Mr J consult for Golden Arrow, he also works for another lobbying consultancy, Sovereign Strategy, a fact that his colleagues at Golden Arrow aren't that happy about by all accounts.
And no speed traps for Mr Jamieson: he forgot to clear his new Golden Arrow job with the Sir Humphrys (you know, the kill-joy committee that's supposed to stamp out conflicts of interest) but that hasn't stopped him zooming off with his new career. Still, like the speed limit, that must be a rule that doesn't apply to special people, eh?