By Civil Service World

17 Apr 2015

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

Work it through

Let’s work it through in another meeting and make a decision at some unspecified point after that meeting. Or the next one. 


I need you to pretend to agree with this. As in “if we all buy into this downsizing, it will be a lot less painful.” But you still won’t have a job. 

Director general

Seven extra letters tell you that this director needed some encouragement to stay on. 

Comprehensive review

In contrast with a normal review, a comprehensive review will take over a year to complete before its findings are ignored. 

You may wish to consider

Do the following immediately. Or else. 

In due course

In a very long time, if I haven’t forgotten. 


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