Category Archives: Bureaucracy

Lenten Reflections: Forty Things I Really Like And… (Day 17)–Getting connected

Only connect. When I first went to work at the Bank of England, I had the good fortune to be managed by some very good managers–people who were technically very challenging and very thoughtful about how the people they led … Continue reading

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Pause for reflection

What should you do if you see this sign? The correct answer is: Come to a complete stop, proceed when you have the right-of-way. So, children, when we cross the road, we need to look to our left and right … Continue reading

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A bag full of it

In the spirit of intolerance, I have to draw this little piece of public policy to wider attention. Where I live, the local governments have imposed a bag tax: 5 cents for (paper and plastic) disposable bags, whether in supermarkets … Continue reading

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Ganging up…

I spent an enjoyable morning and early afternoon at a symposium at American University on gangs and gang violence in the Caribbean. The audience was largely bureaucratic–representatives from academia, diplomatic missions, international organizations. I did not see any representatives from the topic … Continue reading

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Whine up yourselves

Several weeks ago, Time Magazine announced that ‘The Protester’ was its person on the year 2011. The adage that if you do not ask, you will not get, resonates well with many people.  Protest is not new. It is simply … Continue reading

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The half-life of goodwill

Christmas comes but once a year, and each year it comes with tidings of comfort and joy. Leading into the holiday season, the English-speaking world is full of the words of many of the well-known carols. “Joy to the world!” … Continue reading

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A little distraction

America is engaging in its latest great debate: whether it needs to ban cell phone use while driving. That is what the National Transport Safety Board has proposed. That would bring the USA broadly in line with a growing list … Continue reading

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