Friday, 4 October 2013

What rules in Blackpool?

“Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy”. Who was/is Pournelle? I’ve no idea!

… in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals  of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, versus union representatives who work to protect any teacher, including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and always write the rules under which the organization functions.”

Reads like any Labour authority.