Ghoulish get-together at the DfT

AFTER something of a nightmare hosting several dozen sceptical hacks for a briefing on High Speed 2, the Department for Transport had an event to look forward to yesterday afternoon: a Halloween-themed team building exercise. Deep in the bowels of the Westminster offices, HR invited DfT staff to a spooky morale-booster in the very conference room where just hours earlier the ghoulish howls of incredulous journalists who were reading the latest HS2 sums echoed. It’s enough to send a chill down the spine of any civil servant.