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Jargon "not delivering"

MPs have said the 18-month-old Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills “has not yet found its feet” and may take decades to make an impact. A select committee said its annual report showed signs of relying on jargon as a substitute for having a clear idea where it was going.

The committee responsible for scrutinising the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (Dius) described the annual report produced by the department last May as “written in an impenetrable style and ... peppered with jargon, unsupported assumptions and claims designed to promote Dius”. As a result its report had been “unhelpful” and too reliant on promoting a positive tone rather than providing clear and comprehensive information. The MPs said they suspected this had been in part because the results of Dius’s work “may take years, if not decades, to realize”. [BBC]
MPs tend to have extremely high tolerance levels for vapid jargon. If they’re telling you that you’ve overdone it and accuse you of hiding behind it, it’s time to ask yourself some serious questions. Not that you’ll be able to understand them.

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carsmilesteve
Jan. 20th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
as someone at the sharp end of DUIS's policies i can tell you that we are showered with forest after forest of this contradictory, vague, useless nonsense EVERY DAY...
missfrost
Jan. 20th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
DIUS are one of my clients. I started to feel very protective compiling their press cuttings this morning! At least none criticised the fabulously enthusiastic Lord Drayson.(Although I was very tempted to write all their summaries in the most flowery language possible...)
psychonomy
Jan. 20th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Launching the report, DIUS Secretary of State John Denham said:

"Our mission is to improve the nation's skills at every level and make the UK the leading place to be an innovative business or organisation. To achieve this we must ensure customer focus is a thread running through every aspect of our policy development.

"We are building an 'Innovation nation', unlocking the talents of all our people and creating the environment for new ideas to flourish. By working in a new way more closely with our delivery partners, the 'DIUS family', we can create a truly competitive economy".


Yuh huh.
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