Wednesday 7 July 2010

Bullshit bingo......

.....but meanwhile, in the real world, what about the CUTS...,.

Over the last few weeks at work I could have been forgiven for thinking that I'd stepped a bit too far into the stationery cupboard...and stepped into a fantasy land.

Looking at the Council's website, and at the pronouncements of councillors, it would be hard to believe that we face the worst cuts for generations. It's almost as though we're living in a little North Korea, where moderate improvements in the rate of tractor production overshadow the fact that the country is starving.

Nothing typifies this more than the council's current preoccupation with "babble" - the use of impenetrable jargon in day-to-day communication.

No-one could argue with the idea of using the clearest possible language of course. But most council workers don't use this kind of stuff anyway. It is the currency of the consultariat, to whom councils pay so much money, usually to tell them what their own staff could have told them for a fraction of the cost.

Ironically, if you to want see some babble, look no further than the now notorious "status quo" ad for the new strategic directors - produced (of course) by a consultant.

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