Incompetence versus malice

The esteemed Chuckles has this fixation about incompetence v malice, shared by many others. He’s right to ask this though:

Funny how the other EU members have all sorts of exemptions to ignore EU laws and directives, but the UK never does?

But then ignroes what he should know from all his reading:

Could it be that we and our lords and masters are simply thick and incompetent?

Notice how they carefully sidestep the fact that the current ones, hysterically pushed at great expense to all and sundry every year, are basically useless? That since they based on ‘what happened last year’, and a wild guess as to what’s going to happen this year.

That is so – that one is incompetence.

Whilst there is something to not attributing to malice that which can be explained by incompetence, it’s as well to abide by the other adage too – never turn a blind eye to obvious malice using incompetence as a smokescreen.

Now unless people have been closing their eyes when the EU has been discussed on this site, it’s pretty clear that there are some very ex-England specific measures designed to break us up and the very existence of Common Purpose, for all its incompetence, is still steeped in malice.

7 comments for “Incompetence versus malice

  1. Mudplugger
    April 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    There is a key cultural diference in attitude between the UK’s Civil Service and those of most other EU states.

    When any new EU Rule emerges from the bowels of Brussels, the UK Civil Service asks “How can be implement this ?”, proceeding to develop comprehensive internal processes and policing systems to ensure adherence.

    The first response in any other EU state is “How can we get round this ?”, using their maximum creativity in the process.

    And hence the UK is the only member state which actively implements all the Brussels madness, leaving the rest to watch, wonder and wet themselves.

    • ivan
      April 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      You do realize that the UK Civil Service has to gold plate everything – it is their way of polishing a turd.

  2. Edward.
    April 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Turd polishing, yes we are very good at that, just look at Defra and the DECC, or the EA.

  3. April 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm


  4. April 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Goldplating is simply the bribing of UK civil servants by big businesses to worsen the effect of a directive on their smaller competitors – the directive initially having been sponsored from the Commission by EU wide big business to make life impossible for their smaller rivals. The idea that UK civil servants are merely being meticulous fools was probably suggested by a mandarin.

  5. amfortas
    April 9, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Incompetence has been with us for eons. It is quite human. Culpable incompetence however is relatively easy to identify and it is quite close to maliciousness and conspiracy to defraud and destroy. I have a 50c solution to both which comes with a full metal jacket. It is not Gold plated.

  6. Greg Tingey
    April 9, 2013 at 10:22 am

    If you really want malice & goldplating – try DafT.

    Who are now determined to re-let to “private” firms the really successful Directly-Operated Railways bit of “East Coast” & clamp down on the competition.
    Because they, the civil servants, don’t control it.
    See also:

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