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Once upon a time…………..

Once upon a time……………..

Upon entering one of the inner sanctum chambers of what is fast becoming referred to as terminal 5, trap 1 to be exact, I glanced around for suitable visual indoctrination and was not to be disappointed. At the CTC Constabulary we have a new and radical publication called the ‘In the doghouse’. This publication is an internal thing and sponsored by those in the industry associated with all things canine. I picked it up and began to peruse the pages.

As I trolled through the news and many interesting letters I came across a rather interesting oracle penned by one with the rather unual name of ‘The Inquisitor’.  I quickly surmised that this is not, in fact his or her real name, but a name to protect their identity. He or she operates within a fictitious world that exists between what is perceived to be real by the troops and the politically correct shores of that management paradise Isle somewhere in the temperate sea of the ideology continent. In this place you need the theoretical magnitude of someone who sees the bigger picture to appreciate how to shaft people and make it sound somehow beneficial for the organisation.

The Inquisitor strips away the jargon of the political mastery and views decisions in the cold hard light of reality and the effect on the victims of the decision making processes. Yes there are victims to this process. The Inquisitor is slightly miffed at the treatment dished out to someone who has been forced to accept what are considered as unfair sacrifices, all for the benefits of the organisation you understand, as well as for the obvious benefits to another. Lambs, slaughter, fish in a barrel, gun in hand, it is all apparently that easy.

An officer has returned from, an enforced period of awayness of some many months and been allowed to alter shifts, place of duty and shift pattern to accommodate things within their personal life. This has resulted in several others also, shall we say, inconvenienced, for the benefits of the organisation.

These ‘others’ are not pleased with the fact that these changes have been made, without their consultation I might add. Some might claim that this is in itself unfair but apparently not, at least according to some areas of management within the CTC Constabulary.

The accommodators, in this instance,  have serious doubts of any benefits to the organisation but also serious beliefs that the changes been made to ensure that the organisation is being seen to be supportive on one officer’s needs because their circumstances have changed. The accommodators feel that they, on the other hand, are not supported at all, also their circumstances have been changed for no obvious reason or benefit to them.

The Inquisitor raises clear and obvious points which are easily dismissed by readers who are not those subject to the disruption of the many to accommodate the one.

The organisation is clearly the winner here because it will take notice of one officers needs to the detriment and against the views of others. This goes to support the fact that the CTC Constabulary totally supports certain things which happen to be in line with certain policy guidelines sent down from on high somewhere in a world where thoughts of things are somewhat different.  One happy camper in a field full of tents has a small benefit somewhere, I feel sure, or so I am led to understand.

Also the possibilities of someone taking out a grievance for not being accommodated are totally removed. So there is a real plus, for the organisation of course.

The Inquisitor concludes that no one is bigger than the organisation, but it seems that some are more equal to consideration than others.

There is a happy ending. The officer accommodated and the organisation lived happily ever after……………..


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