Saturday, 1 January 2011

Surprise! Surprise!

Having watched Yes Minister! at least three times I was not surprised to read in the first Advertiser of 2011 that the State Budget leak enquiry has not been able to nail anyone.
Sir Humphrey clearly demonstrated all those years ago that the purpose of leak enquiries is to obscure a culprit rather than to find one.
One of the more telling exchanges between the two most senior public servants goes: “Are you suggesting I give confidential information to the press?” “Certainly not! This is confidential disinformation.” To which the potential leaker acquiesces “Ah, that is different!”
Twas ever so.

1 comment:

stephen clark said...

et tu Brute!