Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 20)
Civil Service World's regular guide to the very best in Whitehallese
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How we will describe this policy once the opposition or press realises how badly it’s been going.
A senior official has developed proposals which will annoy several other parts of the department. Time to find out by how much.
Implies that you’re both deeply interested in, and actively considering, the wider implications of whatever this is about. In reality you haven’t a clue and couldn’t care less.
After careful consideration
Pretty much everyone who replied to the consultation thought this was a bad idea. As did most of the people who drafted it.
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