Monday, January 14, 2008

Hain: Disorganised Indeed

A secretary was leaving the Department of Work and Pensions last Friday evening when she encountered Peter Hain, standing in front of a shredder with a piece of paper in his hand.

"Listen," said Mr. Hain, "this is important, and my secretary has already left. Can you make this thing work?"

"Certainly," said the secretary. She turned the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed the start button.

"Excellent, excellent!" said Mr. Hain as his paper disappeared inside the machine. "I just need one copy."


i spy strangers said...

An old joke, I'm afraid. Mind you, I shouldn't be the least surprised if this kind of mistake happened a lot were Hain's office to be called upon to provide evidence for any police investigation.

Anonymous said...

It may be a joke, but that hasn't stopped the Civil Service's Media Monitoring Unit quoting it as a piece of breaking news in their 14:00 summary.