It appears we are going through as many changes, updates and reconstructions as the poor old jolly Departments. However more information has come to light including another comment from the “avid” reader. The “avid” readers accessing this site can easily be numbered in the ones.
This recent post evoked quite a response so it must have touched a nerve or two with some people.
One of the comments received from an “avid” reader is printed below and is included with permission of the writer.
As a disclaimer it must be said that absolutely no pressure, intimidation or even the slightest hint of possible blackmail or payback was used or intended, in order to obtain what could be said is a supportive comment. It is also purely coincidental that the writer was recently subjected to a series of power supply cuts, water contamination and pension and taxation investigations.
The relevant departments, if they still exist and have staff available are currently looking into these coincidental happenings. They know who they are!!!!
Apologies have been issued with assurances that, “this will never happen again”.
The Comment: (Number 1)
“I have just waded through your latest “Foo” epic. I find myself in complete agreement. I have given up the prospect of ever knowing the current titles of many of these quangos. Even my current employer has changed its name since I joined it 18 months ago.
I would add: once we had “public” services, run by our own government (deemed to be a very bad thing), now we have “private” (I use the term loosely) “services” (even more loosely) owned and operated by governments from other countries (deemed to be a very good thing). How so, I ask? Egs: communications, transport, gas, power, etc, etc.
So much for all of that.”
The Comment: (Number 2)
The word “quango”.
“It is ascribed to Petronious who was a mate of a certain Nero. However there is a view that it is of more recent origin”.
“We trained hard – but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we were re-organized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by re-organizing, and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while actually producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.”
Quango: (or sometimes written as QUANGO), ‘Quasi autonomous – non-government organization’. “Designed to shield ministers from blame if anything goes wrong and also keeps them off the budget so they can pretend they have achieved control over it – or even achieved a surplus!. Classic eg – the north east so-called railway! “
Moving right along:
Perhaps if blokes like Nero were aware of such things one could be forgiven for thinking that many things do not really change. They just recycle under different guises.
It that a sign of aging or even the the gaining of a modicum of wisdom?
A couple of quotes from “The Saturday Paper”, Editorial. 5/10/2019, p14.
“It is a dangerous thing, a government that refuses to govern. So much of the apparatus of governing is dedicated to the appearance of action: doorstops, press conferences, site visits, overseas trips and speeches; committees and estimates hearings: inquiries and royal commissions.
It is easy to see all of this general busyness and mistake it for the doing of something. With some political sleight of hand, though, it can easily come to naught. …
… Some may argue a government in stasis is less dangerous than one intent on destruction. But in our current moment, there is no doubt a government that decides to do nothing – while dedicating significant resources to the appearance of doing something – comes with its own perils.”
Start of original article:
Once upon a time when things were simple there used to be the SEC (State Electricity Commission). Now there are plurry dozens of companies doing the same power thing. We have companies producing the power, companies building poles and wires, companies billing us for power, (companies starting bush fires) and companies supplying us with power, most of the time.
THEN! In order to keep this rabble in check we have a Power Ombudsperson, a Power Regulator, AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator), ACCC, ASIC, & Consumer Affairs, Mr Dutton (The Minister for Everything) and so the list goes on and on.
Also once upon a time there used to be the Dept of Agriculture and even a Soil Conservation Authority and a few other erstwhile government organisations. However it seems things have changed somewhat with letterhead companies making a mint and sign board mobs running out of room and having to enlarge their premises in order to accommodate the construction of the larger and larger signs required.
At the same time as this constant proliferation of name changes and bigger and bigger signs it appears that many organisations and in particular public service organisations are gradually disappearing from the public’s view and becoming less and less accessible. I use the term public service organisations with a grain of salt as they would be more aptly termed the MMIUTBD. That is the More & More Invisible Used To Be Departments????
So, now we have :- ????
Of course “The Committee” were then asked to investigate any possible confusion the general public may have had in working out who belonged where.
Following long deliberation with much “barking up the wrong tree” and obviously head butting, locking horns and the like, the following was submitted as the obvious solution to the dilemma. Is that a bent sign or photographers tilt??