Beware the Mandarins

Beware the Mandarins

by Jane M Hogg


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A house fire and fatalities which were preventable sets the scene. Subsequently, the scientists at the DSIR's Fire Research Station in Boreham Wood, Hertfordshire, set about developing an effective method of siting fire stations which would reduce the loss of life, the damage to property and the consequential losses to jobs, trade and industry, but are thwarted by a network of corruption at the Home Office. Jane M Hogg started work at the Fire Research Station in 1960 and moved to the Home Office when that Ministry took over the work on fire station siting in 1967. While at the Home Office Jane found herself being drawn inexorably into uncovering the web of intrigue and corruption which surrounded her. It led her into an increasingly bizarre and dangerous world: a world she would not have believed existed until she had experienced it. This gripping story of corruption in high places is essential reading for those who care about honesty and transparency in government. Written in an unsentimental style, Jane's memoir of life in the civil service is an honest and dispassionate account of how government actually works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781470068738
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/04/2012
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Jane Meenakshi Hogg was born in Madura, South India in 1933. Her father, Charles Edward Ricketts, was a tea planter and reserve Army officer, while her grandfather, Arthur Galletti, was an eminent Indian Civil Servant. On India's independence in 1947, Jane became a boarder at Bedford High School. Later she gained a B.Sc(Econ) at the London School of Economics and an M.Sc at Imperial College, London. While at LSE Jane represented London University as a sprinter. Jane joined the Fire Research Station at Boreham Wood in 1960 and moved to the Home Office in 1967. She is the author of numerous research reports which are listed in the Bibliography of her book 'For Whom the Sirens Sing'; and has an international reputation as an expert on the siting and manning of fire stations. Since retiring Jane has been a Borough Councillor and is a County standard bridge player. Jane has been married three times; to Alan Wesley Mather (1956-1962), to James Bell Hogg (1963-1991), to William Oswald Collier (2005-2007). She and James B Hogg have one daughter, Sally-Ann, and one grand-daughter, Yasmin.

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