The article we highlighted in the Guardian recently has now been followed up by a British Council manager named in the piece, one Jo Beall. I should simply like to reproduce here one of the comments made at the foot of the article by "Late Developer" (not me!) which goes to the heart of the matter.
Beal fails to address the central issue. The conflict of interests at the heart of its operations How can the BC represent the interests of UK providers while competing for the same contracts. When does the BC decide to compete with providers, and when to collaborate? It has an incentive to keep information and commercially useful information to itself, to secure competitive advantage. It keeps other UK providers in the dark to ensure its interests are protected.As such its representative role should be taken away from it. And in the meantime and with immediate effect it should make transparent the criteria that inform its decisions as to when it competes with and when it collaborates with other UK providers.