It's been quite a while since I received a press release from Government that made me laugh out loud but they have at last delivered. The release (yesterday)is from the Department for International Development and has the banner headline of "New report identifies DFID as 'development world leader'".
The press release goes on with tubthumping quotes from the Secretary of State, Douglas Alexander, and self-congratulatory wanking from the Civil Service Permanent Secretary, Nemat Shafik. Now.... who do you think wrote this report that identified the Government as bloody marvellous and leading the world?
Yes! That's absolutely right chicken! The Government wrote this report. Its part of a cross-government 'capabilty review' via the Cabinet Office and Civil Service. What we have here is a tidy bit of spin where its not until the 'Notes to Editors' section that it becomes clear that its report praising the Government, written by the Government, for the Government.
Most amusingly Douglas Alexander says at the end that the report proves that taxpayers money isn't being wasted by DFID. Seemingly putting out a press release saying you've reviewed things and decided you're the best in the world isn't a waste of money these days.