The Pirrong Principle: in a government bureaucracy, people are promoted to the level of their iniquity.

7 thoughts on “OK”

  1. Surely they rise further than that. How else to explain Olly Robbins and the other ghastly senior mandarins like Kim Darroch?

  2. Dennis: Oppressor, Warmonger, Capitalist and Consumer of Petroleum Products

    Other than the sort of people running the CIA, FBI, NSA, State Dept., Treasury Dept. and a few others I can’t recall at the moment, I don’t think Pirrong is correct.

  3. Isn’t this one of Parkingson’s laws?

    People are promoted to the level of their incompetence.

    Based on his experience of the British civil service.

    Along with “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”

    The whole book is available on-line.

    Parkinson’s Law: The Pursuit of Progress

  4. @Andrew C

    You’re thinking of the Peter Principle which is quoted in the linked article and then expanded by the author.

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