Well I arrived home from work this afternoon to find that amongst all the other junk mail on the mat was a brown envelope from that tried and trusted entity otherwise known as the HM Revenue & Customs. I thought this might be worth a look before heading for the interior of the recycle box. This is the wonderful offspring of another attempt at an arranged marriage between Government departments to give ‘value for money’. Efficiency I think was one of the words used amongst others used by people who try to convince everyone that shit really can roll uphill.
Anyway, upon opening said brown envelope it appears that there has been a minor lapse and the details of me, my wife and children may have been released out into the population by some form of strange and unfortunate error.
I am deeply heartened to receive a sincere apology from the acting chairman after he acknowledged the fact that a copy of ‘some HMRC data’ has been lost. This data is thought to still be on Government property but the good news is that Police are conducting a search. I have not yet been called in to assist. I have checked in the kennel and it most definately is not in there.
You can bet your arse that who ever’s fault itis it will not be Government linked.
The usual sloping shoulders behaviour has been shown with ministerial verve and confirmation that they are working ‘as hard as they can’ to help resolve the issue. I understand that they have already laid the blame with some junior jobsworth and suggested that a lower form of pondlife is somehow accidentally responsible. Not once it seems but perhaps as many as 6 times.
Next comes the claim that the Government have spent more than ever on the HMRC, as they claim to have done on just about every problem there has ever been.
There is a suspicious trend emerging here.
We are working harder than ever to ………blah blah blah.
We have spent more money than any other Government…..blah blah blah.
We fully support our………….blah blah blah.
Now just pick a subject to fill in the space…..Armed Forces, Emergency Services, Schools, Animal diseases, perceived pressures caused by the perceived immigration issues, care of the elderly most of who have contributed for their whole life, hospitals, etc etc etc.
My message is simple.
Instead of spending more money than ever on promoting the brand why don’t you spend the money better on making sure that the product is right in the first place ? Why waste money promoting something that has a problem when you should be ensuring that itis right at the first attempt ?
If itis something that is worthwhile to the Country and actually within the Country instead of perhaps Uganda, then that might help
PS. HMRC, Thanks for the letter anyway.
PPS. Have look over at the Daily Mash, there is a different take on this.
Gordon Brown was not amused and has taken steps to discipline his chancellor.
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