By Civil Service World

15 Apr 2016

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


Menu of options
A list of daft policies alongside the one you support. Helps give ministers the illusion of choice

Service transformation
The same thing but with a new name and less money  

Gold-plated
Used by ministers to describe pension arrangements that are slighly better than tuppence ha’penny a year and retiring before you die at your desk  

Please do not hesitate to contact me
Always hesitate to contact me 

Values
The longstanding beliefs underpinning your department’s vital work. Will be changed in about 18 months’ time 

Milestone
A common misspelling of “millstone”

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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)

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