Friday, August 22, 2008

si cʾest possible, cʾest fait; impossible? cela se fera.

Posted by Thomas whilst Trevor is on holiday.

Charles Alexandre de Calonne (1734–1802), appointed finance minister by Louis XVI in 1783: si cʾest possible , cʾest fait; impossible? cela se fera; if a thing is possible, consider it done; the impossible? that will be done.

The US Armed Forces use a more popular version: the difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.

Trevor's case just goes to show how one public authority, the Local Government Ombudsman, will bend over backwards to help their friends and ex colleagues in another public authority, Cheshire County Council, out of their self created difficulties by delaying matters for 11 years until the 'impossible' can be done! Or at least delay matters long enough until an illusion can be created that gives the impression that it can be done.

Thomas, Public Service Ombudsman Watchers.

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