How not to get things done
Certain words are beloved of bureaucrats: words like monitor, check, regulate, review, classify, and control. Observe something significant about these words. They all involve delay. Delay is the name of the bureaucrat’s game. Faced with an idea, an initiative, a suggested course of action, a possible solution to a problem, the bureaucrat’s normal response is “Whoa! Hang on a minute! Where do you think you’re going? Hold your horses! Not so fast!”
Politicians worth their salt use “we will make thing happen!”as their battle cry. But beneath their breath every cosy bureaucrat in the system whispers “Not if I can help it, they won’t.” It is not their …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.