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May 12, 2021

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. This week’s guruThe force won’t be with you if you’re overweightGuru will be watching with interest changes to policing in the UK followingpublication of the Police Reform Bill, which the Home Secretary hopes willboost efficiency and cut crime rates. He is interested in how other countries are developing their police forcesto boost the performance of officers. In India they are taking thetransformation process quite literally. Police authorities have told overweightofficers to lose weight or risk losing a month’s salary. “The size of a policeman’s belly has a bearing on the crime rate. Unfitpolicemen have no place on the force. They can’t chase criminals if they can’twalk properly,” said Allahabad’s superintendent of police RK Vishwakarma. German men get fringe benefits Working for the civil service is a demanding job. Grappling withlegislation, dealing with endless reams of bureaucracy and prudently budgetingpublic cash is no walk in the park. That’s just in the UK, so spare a thoughtfor civil servants in Germany, where the Teutonic quest for organisation andefficiency is relentless. It’s a situation that would have Guru pulling his hair out, which isprobably why German male civil servants are entitled to state support for wigsfollowing a landmark ruling. Before the decision by the federal court of administration, only women wereentitled to free wig funding. But in a landmark boost for equality, the fringebenefit has been extended. It overturns a previous ruling that was accused ofsplitting hairs when denying folically challenged men the right to wigs funds. Post-industrial name change Will Hutton and his merry band have finally realised they have been workingunder a misnomer. There is no point in being called the Industrial Society whenthe UK hasn’t been able to describe itself in that way since the mid-1970s. So, those clever types are trying to come up with a new name. The frontrunner is The Work Foundation. Although it sounds like a dirty process in theconstruction industry, it has to be better than the pretentious Latin names somany are favouring (Demos, Amicus and the less well-known Ideas’r’us). Considering that the whole UK workforce will be working in customer serviceswithin five years, Guru thinks the Crazy Call Centre Collective might be moreapt, or at least the Post-Industrial Society. Got any ideas we can forward to Mr Hutton c/o Guru? Paying the price for poor grammarStaff at Nottingham City Council andjournalists at a Swiss newspaper will be watching their spelling, punctuationand grammar after their employers announced plans to fine them for makingmistakes.Graham Chapman, council leader at Nottingham Council wantsstaff to pay into a swear box for such grammar crimes.And journalists at Le Temps newspaper in Switzerland are up inarms over an editor’s plans to fine them E3.4 euros (about £2.15) for spelling,punctuation and factual errors.The hacks have called a meeting to discuss the measure, whichthey call “childish and authoritarian”. Guru is relieved there hasnever been a question mark over his spelling but he would like to see a fullstop to this approach to schoolboy errors. GuruOn 12 Feb 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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