Re: Govt publications
"David Parker" <>
Fri, 11 Feb 2000 16:25:12 EST
RE Judy Caughley's statements
Sorry, not eveyone has watched Yes Minister. A common mistake that people
make in assuming the world we live in is uniform and everyone does what
everyone else does.
I am always miffed by the fact that people can sign off on things without
reading what they are sighing off on. Boy, if something were to be sent off
with my signiture, I would surely want to know what had been said amongst
When I was young I didn't follow step by step everything my mother was
putting into the tea for the night, nor did I study intently what was in
front of me on the plate. But bugger me, if I found a hair in my tea I did
so because I still took some notice.
"he should be able to trust his departmental staff to get it right - else
they are not worth their salt. After all, they should know more about the
subject since they wrote it!"
is in some ways laying the blame on staff who probably do their fair
share, plus more of his work.
Frankly, and I'm not picking on any Franks here, if a minister signs off on
something he is then responsible for it. If he doesn't want to be, well he
shouldn't sign off on it.
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