The Little Black Book of Red Tape

The Little Black Book of Red Tape : Tales of Red Tape and Jobsworths

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'This book is about people's experiences with the official world. When I say 'official', I am referring not only to the whole beige panoply of councils, departments and ministries of state; but also to petty bureaucrats, jobsworths and a motley selection of twittering imbeciles from many kinds of different organisations. From car parking contractors to online auction sittes, from public to private organisations, they all have their own counter-intuitive rules, regulations and 'red tape' to inflict in the rest of us.' THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF RED TAPE is a kind of compendium of such stories, a sort of almanac of the bullshit of the modern world, and a catalogue of individual heroic battles against the corporate state. It features the Derby householder who sold off minute plots of his back garden to well wishers around the world for 1p each to prevent the council putting a bypass through it; the Shropshire bus service that doesn't stop as 'stopping disrupts the timetable'; and the hospital recently fined 2.5 million for using 'spare capacity' to treat patients quickly.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 177 x 14mm | 168g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752893793
  • 9780752893792

About Ian Vince

Ian Vince is the author of BRITAIN: WHAT A STATE and THE MYWAY CODE. He's been a contributing editor to the Idler and has written for Bremner Bird and Fortune and Radio 4 comedy shows.
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"with a deft turn of phrase and an astutue eye for the ridiculous, Vince and his correspondents expose this petty officialdom in all its infuriating, and often hilarious, glory" MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
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