Parkinson’s Law

Like many bureaucracies, [the WHO] wants to expand its authority despite failing in its core responsibilities

the invention of the book conspicuously failed to abolish the academic lecture

you need one strong person at the top with a vision, a handful of brilliant people working in a tight team, and that’s it

Many civil servants begin their adult lives with dreams of authorship

if one wanted to start means-testing, even for billionaires, then one would have to set up a bureaucracy to start means-testing again

there is nothing so permanent as a temporary migration programme