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

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

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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