Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Practical Duncery


Baroness Prasher of Runnymede (why can I never write that without wincing?) chairs a company called 'Continuous Professional Development'.

When parliamentary staff return at the beginning of October, they will be able to partake of courses at this establishment - for a mere £500 of tax payer cash a time - in courses like 'How to influence Whitehall and Westminster'.

Shouldn't someone claiming such a historic connection with the ancient history of democracy in this country as Runnymede be aware that voting was the time honoured method of influencing Whitehall and Westminster?

Rather more worryingly, this company is also advertising a course teaching you when to use an apostrophe, and how to spell. Following Old Holborn's excellent find the other night of the 'Westminster Village' web site, where those just three years out of university are proudly bragging that they are now in charge of communications for large sectors of parliamentary business, I can see that this might be necessary......

I know, I should go on it msyelf........

13 comments:

Alan said...

What is the education system doing if our public sector workers need this kind of hand holding?

Or is it some wheeze where extra 'qualifications' for workers in the public sector have been incentivised to the point of lunacy - is the money coming from regular services budgets or is it extra dosh from the Treasury meant for, what's the word, up-skilling the workforce?

Calfy said...

My pa wanted me to go on a "How to influence Whitehall and Westminster".

JD said...

How would anyone who makes such mistakes know?
Stationary for stationery is another, see OH, above!

Alan said...

Just a thought - the money spent on training of one sort or another, however inexplicable, will bump up departmental budgets won't it? If so, with the incremental budgeting system there will be a temptation to go mad with the training to pad out your budget.

caesars wife said...

Its not the spelling , its the maths .

Put it this way if I can work out that goverment spending doesnt add up why cant multi million pound treasury ??

I find it rather disturbing

JuliaM said...

"Rather more worryingly, this company is also advertising a course teaching you when to use an apostrophe, and how to spell."

Why bother, when councils are phasig them out for their street signs?

microdave said...

"Why bother, when councils are phasing them out for their street signs?"

Ah, but that wasn't the councils fault - it was the site developers wot dun it!

And as for those people who end sentences with several..........

Captain Ranty said...

Aw, c'mon!

I like those.....

electro-kevin said...

Brought instead of bought.

WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT ABOUT ?

If you do this then E-K thinks you're a cunt.

rvi said...

Not to mention principle and principal.

And partake and participate which huge swathes of the population constantly get wrong.

Clunking Fist said...

Continuous v continual.

And why are folk always calling Brown a fuckwit? The nation needs glasses: he's quite clearly a cunt.

"Continuous Professional
Development" fark me, you weren't kidding! These folk on continuous professional development: when do they get to go for a whizz? Or do their fucking job wot they're fucking paid for?

electro-kevin said...

Somethink instead of something


Aaaaargh !!!!

Is it just me ? IS IT JUST ME ????

Anonymous said...

FAIL!

Alright is a perfectly acceptable alternative to all right. It just isn't a good idea to use it in formal writing.

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