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Monday, April 06, 2009

Sir Humphrey lives- surely not?

The late Nigel Hawthorne aka Sir Humphrey.

NSW Premier Nathan Rees and some of his close advisers might be a bit young to remember the famous BBC "Yes Minister " series. His comment last week that the Ombudsman's FOI Review Report is "currently under active consideration by my Government" for some of us, and without justification, we hope , prompted a memory of Sir Humphrey, the quintessential mandarin, on the meaning of words:
"'The matter is under consideration' means we have lost the file. 'The matter is under active consideration' means we are trying to find the file."
Hmm, but come to think of it, the Report was released two months ago.

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