Do Standards Even Matter Anymore?

I was sent these two pictures by a friend who knows I love hate such things:

These two professionally-deigned and printed, lovingly laminated signs were affixed to just about everything that didn’t move, totally oblivious to the grammar crimes committed therein. I guess first impressions no longer count?

Intrigued, I looked up this bunch.

It is, according to the website they’ve had set up, “A community led street redesign project with Sustrans in Barking & Dagenham” – luckily, it’s only a two year project. What that seems to mean, according to my friend, is that they swan around, getting residents to fill in questionnaires and holding ‘community events’ that are supposedly attended by the locals (but aren’t) and….well, that’s it.

It’s a two-year employment opportunity for a couple of university graduates, in other words. It’ll do nothing  achieve nothing. And then they’ll move on to some other way to waste taxpayer money…

I wonder just how many more of these little projects are springing up. Is there one in your community? Do tell!

6 comments for “Do Standards Even Matter Anymore?

  1. ivan
    July 6, 2013 at 11:05 am

    If this is the standard output from a couple of university graduates then God help the country because they won’t.

  2. July 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    One of the offspring, a recent graduate, tells me that a significant proportion of his year-group have worked in temporary schemes of the sort.

    Many of these were arranged by or connected with the university and started just before the year’s graduate survey was sent out – a happy coincidence, given that, in these debt-ridden times, one of the prime considerations in choosing a university is the employment rate for recent graduates.

  3. Andrew
    July 6, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    “professionally-deigned” 😀

  4. July 8, 2013 at 9:47 am


    Saw it. You got in before me.

  5. Penseivat
    July 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I refuse to believe it has anything to do with Dagenham and Barking unless the word “innit” has been added.

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