Of dead horses and local government
I’m not sure if there are copyright rules for posting e-mail circulars onto blogs but as soon as I read the following I knew it was designed to be shared. So, without further ado, and with apologies to the original author for a few WLLG additions, we present ‘Dead Horse Theory’:
The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that; “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”
However, in local government, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:
- Buying a stronger whip.
- Changing riders.
- Appointing a committee to study the horse.
- Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.
- Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.
- Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.
- Telling everyone that we’ve always ridden our horses this way
- Benchmarking our horse against dead horses ridden by other authorities
- Hiring external contractors to resuscitate the dead horse
- Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
- Hiring outside consultants to put together a training programme to support staff to work better with the dead horse
- Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.
- Providing additional funding and/or training to increase dead horse’s performance.
- Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance.
- Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed , it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.
- Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horsesAnd of course:
- Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position
Do you have any other ways that we could make the dead horse more productive? If so please make a note of some of them below.
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