Friday 7 November 2008

How To Do - and Not Do - Things

Here's a story to savour. What it boils down to is this: the regulatory body in charge of vetting the security 'industry' couldn't even vet its own employees. With every passing day, the world moves farther beyond parody. But never mind. 'We will continue to contribute to public protection through regulation,' declares one Ruth Henig. That's all right then...
For an example of a nation that works, we need to look further afield - to Bhutan. Here's a country that knows how to do things. A new democracy with a popular monarchy, its laudable, if ill-named, policy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) is firmly based on preserving the traditional ways. The Bhutanese have the sense to rely on 'enlightened astologers' rather than the likes of the Security Industry Authority. Very wise.

1 comment:

  1. Around here the usual "security" seems to consist of nice enough old boys who just want a cuppa, a rollup and a nice warm place to sit well out of reach of the wife. For every 59 minutes doing that, they spend one minute surveying the car park or a leafy square. The right priorities, imho. It seems very cruel to make them wear dayglo jackets and "vet" them so that they can join lollipop ladies on the front line of the war on terror.

    Not sure Bhutan is quite the Shanghri-La it's made out to be. There's been nasty intercommunal strife in the recent past, according to some reports. I'd guess the Bhutanese royals should hurry up with the democracy or they'll be consulting astrologers about the best place to be exiled to.