Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 14)

Written by Civil Service World on 6 May 2016 in Feature
Feature

Civil Service World's regular guide to the very best in Whitehallese

Management initiative
The latest attempt to show that “something must be done” to your “not fit for purpose” department. Just keep your head down, it’ll pass 

Empowerment
I hereby empower you to clean up this unholy mess of a policy 

Thank you for bringing this to my attention
Damn. I really hoped nobody was going to find out about that 

Ministerial submission
I know quite a bit more about this subject than you, minister, but convention demands that I pretend to seek your views 

You will recall that
No you won’t 

You will wish to be aware
No you won’t – and it’s bad news I’m afraid 

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More in the series:

Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. I)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 2)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 3)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 4)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 5)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 6)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 7)

Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 8)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 9)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 10)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 11)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 12)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 13)
 

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Submitted on 6 May, 2016 - 18:30
Empowerment - indeed. A bad policy is a policy a civil servant willingly implements. Good policies are usually policies that float around that everyone ignores. Ministerial submission - it's no longer ministers vs civil servants anymore. It's civil servant vs civil servant. The civil service is a mess, with opposing values floating around. Nothing makes sense anymore.

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