Parkinson’s Law – the plague of bureaucrats


Parkinson’s Law


The report of the Royal Commission on the Civil Service was published on Thursday afternoon. Time has not permitted any comment in this week’s issue of The Economist on the contents of the Report. But the startling discovery enunciated by a correspondent in the following article is certainly relevant to what should have been in it.

IT is a commonplace observation that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Thus, an elderly lady of leisure can spend the entire day in writing and despatching a postcard to her niece at Bognor Regis. An hour will be spent in finding the postcard, another in hunting for spectacles, half-an-hour in a search for the address, an hour and a quarter in composition, and twenty minutes in deciding whether or not to take an umbrella when going to the pillar-box in the next street. The…

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Malaysian Prime Minister says Flight 370 was hijacked.



Malaysia’s Prime Minister has just confirmed that the missing Malaysian plane, flight 370, flew a path something roughly like the one on the map above.

He says:

– the pattern is consistent with a hijacking.

– satellite pings on the plane were registered for some five hours after contact with the plane was lost.

– the transponder was switched off.

– investigators are increasing checks on the crew and passengers.

– calculations are being refigured to find how far it could have flown.


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I am a natural skeptic but some firsthand experiences convince me otherwise


The example I always use when talking to my wife is the bleeding statues of the virgin mary. As a kid, like lots of people, I gobbled up all the paranormal unsolved mystery type books I could find. I was a prodigy so as a precocious reader I was reading that crap from age 3, reading at an adult (university) level at 7 and so on.

Most of the mysteries offered some form of plausible explanation- whether mundane or extraordinary. Despite eventually going into artistic fields and law, I was originally very serious minded and of scientific bent. I was quite happy to be skeptical and not credulous.

As such, statues of the virgin mary that wept or bled seemed like ultra bullshit to me. They were outside my reality box and therefore I was incapable of conceiving that the stories were true. And I am quite confident in saying…

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