Jane Clifton: Blind them with jargon

By Jane Clifton In Politics

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Business Development Minister Steven Joyce is a man of many talents – and one of them is undoubtedly the generation of bureaucratic jargon and the ability to enforce earnest adherence to it by all concerned. Thanks to him, public servants in the newly “federated” Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE) now routinely and with perfectly straight faces discuss whether they have made progress in “Result Areas 9 and 10” of the Better Public Services five-year charter – Result Areas 1-8 being the preoccupation of other departments. Result Areas 9 and 10, ...

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