I thought you might be interested in how my recent job application went. Well, the bad news is that you will have to put up with me for a bit longer on Autocar as I won’t be moving to Swansea. Here is how the news was broken to me:

"Your application for the position of chief executive with DVLA

Hello James,

Thank you for your application regarding the above position.

All of the applications have now been assessed and, after some difficult deliberations, the panel has arrived at a list of applicants they will be inviting for interview. On this occasion I regret to inform you that your application will not be progressed.

This position generated considerable interest and we were pleased with the quality of the applications received. However, there were a number of applicants who, on this occasion, presented evidence of a closer match to the criteria for these roles.

Thank you for your interest in DVLA and we wish you every success in the future."

I can’t say I’m not disappointed. I would have relished the opportunity to explain how I could have run the DVLA more efficiently and effectively.