Paper chain of fools

15th October 2004 at 01:00
Computers were invented to save time by making life easier. But such qualities are no use to quangos which must create plenty of work for themeselves by making life as complicated as possible for the rest of us.

Ever taxed your car recently? I rest my case.

A disgruntled administrator has told FErret of the latest Learning and Skills Council contribution to this public sector paper chain.

The software for colleges to submit the auditing data on which their funding depends was recently changed four times, I am told.

Worse, the fourth amendment took place two days after the deadline for getting the data to the council.

The boffins at FErret's research team, have come up with a formula that explains how it is possible that computers actually create more work. They have calculated that the amount of bureaucracy is equal to the number of managers multiplied by the square of the number of computers, or B=MC2.

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