Feeds

'Naked civil servants' celebrate infamy

Stars of CCTV say: 'Howay!'

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Civil servants at Newcastle's Rural Payments Agency (RPA) went out on a bender last night to celebrate their notoriety after the local paper revealed staff were caught on office CCTV leaping naked from filing cabinets.

Staff were pleased their antics made the front page of local newspaper The Evening Chronicle. Team members and managers from the DEFRA agency, which is in charge of paying out farmers' subsidies, were seen in the Toon enjoying a night of booze-fueled madness, The Register can reveal.

The RPA said yesterday one individual had been dismissed and investigations are ongoing following the allegations. As well as bare-back Parkour, staff are accused of play-fighting, conducting break dance-offs, sex and drug taking in toilets, and of a bizarre craze for hiding vomit-filled cups to be discovered only by their stench.

Sources said the "Cup a Sick" prank was played by angry and poorly paid contract workers sourced from outside the civil service.

The high-jinx came to light after disgusted employees blew the whistle to high-ranking officials. An internal memo said: "I'm appalled at the level of depravity that is being tolerated at my work place."

"We have particular concerns about the activities that have been going on and which have been photographed. Although the staff obviously feels it is a great laugh, by anyone's standards in the workplace setting this represents misconduct and may not be allowed to go unchallenged."

An RPA statement today said: "Action has been taken to strengthen RPA Newcastle with a senior manager drafted in to take charge while the investigation and series of disciplinary actions to resolve some instances of serious misconduct and behavioural problems there is concluded."

A further member of staff has been demoted and transferred, and a letter was sent to all staff on Friday "reminding them of their responsibilities".

National Farmer's Union communications director Andy Gibson said: "Given the real hardship caused to thousands of farmers by the seemingly endless delays to the implementation of the Government's new Single Payment Scheme, I'm sure farmers will be angry and disappointed to imagine how the RPA staff at the Newcastle office are spending their time."®

Bootnote

Following the revelations of starkers daredevilism within the ranks of low-level RPA employees, The Reg has obtained an email that has apparently been doing the rounds at said powerhouse of rural governance. It uncovers evidence of a malaise going back to at least last summer.

A manager noticed a "dodgy" comment added to an account by a frustrated temp, and decided to pull up the rest of her contribution to the agency for everyone's delectation:

31 August 2005

dude he was trying to part field suffix fields when its just not necessary! Not cool, man, he needs to sort that out, nobody likes a crazy farmer

14 August 2005

WELL, ON FIELD 0660, THE FARMER HAS TRIED TO CLAIM FOR NA1, NON AGRIG LAND WHICH IS WRONG WRONG WRONG! SILLY FARMER

17 August 2005

yeah crop codes wrong so will take several months to go through. good luck with that! hopefully i'll have left

18 August 2005

HELLO WELL THE PROBLEM HERE SEEMS TO BE THAT THE FARMER WAS SUFFERING FROM MALINGERING HEAD TRAUMA AND FILLED IN THE SAME FIELD TWICE! BLESS. UNDERSTANDABLE THOUGH AS THE FORM IS SO BORING REPETITION SEEMS A NATURAL, RIGHT REACTION

25 August 2005

part field suffix problem as fields named 'a' or 'b' but in unrelated field. could i be less bothered?

25 August 2005

YADA YADA YAH ALSO RING FARMER HE'S MENTAL!!HE'S TRYING TO ESTABLISH MORE THAN FILED SIZE WHAT A NUTTER!I CAN'T BELIEVE IT, CRAZY, UNHINGED MAN.

29 August 2005

ANSWERED NO TO THE MILK QUESTION THEN PUT ENTRY IN Q21. WE MUST ACCEPT THIER FIRST ANSWER,THEY,SADLY LOSE!

02 September 2005

twenty odd pages of fields needing completed, crop codes cannot have a value as non-food type. Apparently. Personally i'd just leave this till it goes away of its own accord. plan!

"Silly", "nutter", "unhinged", "crazy" and "malingering"? Given, as the sender notes, that the records these comments come from are open to freedom of information requests, we can imagine a nation of livid, penniless farmers will be writing in, and then loading their muck spreaders for a trip to Newcastle.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.