Vi jobber med strategisk plan på jobb for tiden. Og referatet fra forrige møte blir stadig gjenstand for spørsmål og heftige diskusjoner.
Jeg er byråkrat. Vi er byråkrater. Og vår alles store forbilde er naturlig nok sir Humphrey fra Yes Primeminister. Her er hans syn i saken vedr. referater (og en god kandidat til Humfeys lengste sammenhengende setning?):
«It is characteristic of all committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them, and that every member’s recollection of them differs violently from every other member’s recollection; consequently we accept the convention that the official decisions are those and only those which have been officially recorded in the minutes by the officials; from which it emerges with elegant inevitability, that any decision which has been officially reached would have been officially recorded in the minutes by the officials, and any decisions which is not recorded in the minutes by the officials has not been officially reached, even if one or more members believe they can recollect it; so in this particular case, if the decision would have been officially reached, it would have been recorded in the minutes by the officials and it isn’t, so it wasn’t.»