By Civil Service World

04 Dec 2015

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


A few thoughts
This piece of work is terrible for the following reasons... 

Strategic review
As distinct from an intentionally directionless review. Likely to recommend the creation of a “coordination unit”

Surprised
Another classic senior civil service understatement, signifying utter horror, disgust and fury 

Change management
Finding ever more ingenious ways of saying “like it or lump it” 

Target audience
Let’s try and establish who, if anyone, gives a monkey’s about what our esteemed statesmen and women say and why they say it 

Cross-cutting issues
Things on which officials across Whitehall have an opinion, but for which no-one wants to be responsible 

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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)​

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