22 August 2015

#20 Gone Fishin'

Sometimes, when a man is fishing, he just loses track of time. Surely that would be the explanation for sending an armed forces helicopter to a fishing lodge to retrieve the Minister of Defence, who was there on a personal vacation.

The story also shows us that if you get caught out on this kind of use of government resources, you have several recourses:

• invent a reason for which this might be a reasonable action for a Minister, like evaluating the response times of search and rescue operations;

• order your staff to try to dig up dirt on those who would criticise you, trying to see if any of them had previously taken rides on military aircraft;

• attack said individuals with the information you obtain;

• when it turns out that the requests for their ride-alongs originated from your office, just clam up and hope the whole thing goes away.

Sometimes pointing fingers means never having to say you're sorry.

Further reading here

When going fishing
you catch the whopper, don't get
caught in a whopper

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