Tag Archives: Theodore Dalrymple

Feeling Listless?

Theodore Dalrymple may not have suffered ISO accreditation but he has expressed insight into related managerialism through the demands for form-filling and list-making. His comments on checklists apply to all the ISO demands for inspection evidence and offer further explanation … Continue reading

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Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh boasts she ‘blackmailed’ politicians

It’s not just banksters and inspectors that exploit the weakness and stupidity of governments.  There are others with similar bureaucratic skills and will to power whose lives are dedicated to exploiting taxpayers by manipulating the State. The Telegraph tell us … Continue reading

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Keep on pretending

Theodore Dalrymple observes the increasing British tendency to substitute unproductive activity for purposeful work. “I realized a long time ago that a very large number of people in a modern economy are paid to do things that not only fail to … Continue reading

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Everything depends on us…otherwise…?

Writing on euthanasia, a subject apparently unconnected to accreditation, Theodore Dalrymple gets to the heart of the issue.  And many others. “As is often the way, the passion with which an issue is debated conceals something deeper at stake. In the absence … Continue reading

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‘You’re the doctor, what would you do?’ Stop it.

Theodore Dalrymple summarises the issues on screening for diseases.  ISO accreditation is a screening test with poorer performance characteristics.  It is also a treatment that offers no cure, just endless repetition. Unproven prevention; no hope of a cure – since … Continue reading

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Hammering the non-conforming world into shape

Underneath the wolf rampant is Sidney. Sidney and his friend George have brought hammers.  Being intellectuals, they borrowed the hammers from working men.  They are beating the world into the shape they would like it to be. Were these hammers the … Continue reading

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Belgium: 500 days and counting…

You may have been concerned by the earlier report of Belgium surviving without central government for 400 days.  Fear not; its existence continues: “As I write, Belgium has not had a central government for more than 500 days. While I … Continue reading

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The reward of monomania

Theodore Dalrymple explains one reason why bad theories are reluctant to die: “The problem is that nonsense can and does go by default.  It wins the argument by sheer persistence, by inexhaustible re-iteration, by staying at the meeting when everyone … Continue reading

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A missing link?

It’s not just St. Paul’s Cathedral that has problems.  Dr Dalrymple describes a small outbreak involving a common variant of the accreditation mindset, albeit without a certificate on conspicuous display.  It involves delusions of working in an airport : “The women were not … Continue reading

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Mythbuster busted

The TUC All Together Campaign Mythbuster doesn’t start well: “Myth:  “Government debt is the highest it has ever been. The UK’s debt has been much higher in the past, and it is lower now than it was during most years of … Continue reading

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