MI5 has been undergoing interrogation under the glare of the coroner Lady Justice Hallet at the inquest into the London bombings of 2005. MI5 and regional police are looking somewhat like the Keystone Cops.
Hallet seems to have little tolerance for the management speak.
Lady Justice Hallett unleashed her frustration at Gary Reason, the assistant commissioner of London Fire Brigade, on the final day of evidence, after five months of daily sittings and hearing from more than 300 witnesses, referring to the consistent use of "management speak" throughout the inquest.
On the term "conference demountable unit", used to describe a portable incident room, she said: "As far as I can tell, management jargon is taking over organisations and perfectly sensible, straightforward titles are being changed.
"This isn't just somebody being pedantic about the use of English, which it appears to be … when it comes to managing incidents, people don't understand what the other person is. I don't know whether a crew manager is somebody who is responsible for supplies or is used to fighting fires. I have no idea."It is the final day of evidence but there will be more is to come about these organisations and a verdict from the coroner. From what I have read, they could not organise a piss up in a brewery, let alone provide a satisfactory response to emergencies. This does not mean the foot soldiers, it means management, management that is paid a lot of money to react in emergencies. They failed their reason for being.