A Corollary Of Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law is of course that work expands to fill the time available for its completion. Corollaries of this include that’s why you should always ask a busy person to do the task for you.

Parkinson also had much to say about bureaucracies, but not quite this point:

Government expands to fill the pool of the governing class who need it. Rob, in comments.

We might slightly alter that to:

Government expands to employ the pool of the governing class who need it.

There is no other explanation for much of what government does than that.

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Bonfire of the Tristan and Jocasta’s would be good.