I don’t normally like doing this but sometimes civil servants get things wrong – spectacularly wrong.
If you are at the top and you get things spectacularly wrong, you end up on the receiving end of a grilling from the Public Accounts Committee – like Mr Inglese of HMRC.
What’s even more astonishing is that part of the way through the proceedings the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee – Margaret Hodge – directed Inglese to give evidence under oath because of his evasive answers up until then.
Far better to put up your hands, say “We got it wrong” & then set out how you’re going to deal with the mess. (Or resign).