Thursday, June 05, 2008


'Doublethink', a word coined by George Orwell for his book '1984' to define the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them”.

'Doublemal', a word coined by me for a book about Local Government Ombudsmen to define the power of holding the belief that it's acceptable for a public authority to maladminister their way out of a problem that they had previously been found guilty of maladministering their way into.

Cheshire County Council and Trafford Council (both Tory controlled) are two examples of councils in which an impotent Ombudsman (ironically the same one) has been forced to accept 'doublemal' because the councils simply refuse to provide the recommended remedy.

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