Saturday, January 19, 2008

Linguistic Gymnastics

Yet another tactic used by LGO investigators is linguistic gymnastics.

Here are a couple of examples;

On the rare occasion when they want to find a local authority guilty of maladministration they will often state that the local authority failed to follow guidelines or a code of practice. (Either their own or those produced by other bodies). However, when they don't want to find maladministration they will argue that the guideline or code of practice can be ignored with impunity.

Again on the rare occasions when they want to find a local authority guilty of maladministration they interpret statutes correctly. However, when they don't want to find a local authority guilty of maladministration they use linguistic gymnastics as a means of hiding the fact that a local authority has breached a statute.

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