How should we talk to people ?
Well - asking simple, useful questions should get clear, useful answers ?
We recently had to look at a Government form which should collect clear, truthful answers to decide :-
1) whether a person qualifies, ie. is "British", over 18, sane etc.;
2) whether a project qualifies.
What it should have said
1) Please answer the following four or five questions honestly.
2) We will be able to decide from your answers whether you qualify now, or need to make changes.
What it actually said
along with 10 pages of closely typed provisos, conditions and graphs
"You must read these guidelines before you apply to our ~ programme."
"They provide detailed information and guidance about eligibility for the programme, the criteria we use for selecting projects, and the assessment process."
"Help text is provided on the application forms, but it is not a substitute for these guidance notes and assumes you have read them."
"You are likely to be severely disadvantaged if you haven't."
"The form also contains mandatory questions and if they are not answered appropriately, we may need to return your application to you."
(then follow 10 closely printed pages of conditions etc, with 2 graphs )
all of them
- including the stern preface -
totally unnecessary & time-wasting
What the form actually implied:-
1) "We don't want clear, truthful information from intelligent and maybe gifted people - "
(which could easily come from four or five simple questions);
2) "We want to make people jump through endless unnecessary bureaucratic hoops and we will rate projects solely on form-filling ability
[attribute of a small mind] - "
And with this covert sub-text:-
("we have created enough pettifogging conditions to let us stop / refuse / deny any application, not on its merit but for racial, sexual, political or social reasons we hold in secret and which our website and paperwork cater for, while overtly avoiding all blame ourselves.")
English bureaucracy at its worst
[ check a Minister's definition of mandarins' minds! ]
Guess which department ?
That tasked with finding new ideas !
"National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts"
That's why -
Authority is Enemy
Truth / Progress
elite incompetence 1
elite incompetence 2
elite incompetence 3
NESTA seems similar to the LOTTERY COMMISSION in its methods of choosing recipients for public money.
Initially the cash seems to go to talentless, but influential recipients in the elite.
"Phone a friend" seems to be their motto
[more to come on this]
[check biglie for more establishment sponsored bias/corruption]
#1- LOTTERY COMMISSION
Early payments entirely to "friends" in elite
Even now balance horribly skewed
SEARCH for "Churchill Papers" - "Lottery Money" - "£10,000,000 Elite Fraud / Theft" - "No access" - "'Closet blackmail?"
Why Brits pay highest taxes in Europe but get less than half Europeans' benefits
WORST MEDICAL OUTCOMES, LOWEST PENSIONS
(1/4 to 1/3rd of Europeans')
WORST BUS SERVICES, WORST RAILWAYS, WORST ROADS, MOST INEFFICIENT POLICE
(Metropolitan Police cost 2 x New York's / achieve only 1/2 New York's results)
MOST BULLYING, INCOMPETENT REGULATIONS
TAX / SERVICES CHECK - REDTAPE CHECK