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The Home Office special official committees on home defence have recently been supervising the preparation of new war laws. Duncan Campbell, Secret Society: In Time of Crisis, BBC 1987
The laws are intended to control not just panic but dissent as well. ibid.
The plans also cover conscript labour: thousands of people with many different skills would be needed. ibid.
Give evidence at a Select Committee in the House of Commons … Public Bodies: Quangos: they’re looking at patronage … they’re looking at the appointments’ system. Mark Thomas Comedy Product s6e6, Channel 4 2002
There’s about a 1,000 of them. There’s 30,000 people who sit on them … They’ve got budgets of billions … It’s like the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List … They’ve got more power than MPs … ibid.
They have the ‘Government Wine Committee.’ ibid.
Committee – a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done. Fred Allen, attributed
A committee is a group of the unwilling, chosen from the unfit, to do the unnecessary. Author unknown
To get something done a committee should consist of no more than three people, two of whom are absent. Robert Copeland
A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours. Milton Berle
Our age will be known as the age of committees. Ernest Benn
Science in wartime is often a case of improvising with the materials at hand ... By the end of the war this attitude had all but disappeared; the dead hand of committees began to squeeze the life out of England. Peter Wright, Spycatcher p16
ROC was one of the most important committees in postwar British Intelligence. For ten years, until the new generation of computers came in at the end of the 1960s, ROC was crucial to much of the success of GCHQ’s cryptanalytical effort. But of even greater importance was the way it began to break down barriers which had previously separated MI5, MI6, and GCHQ at working level. As in the war, British Intelligence once again began to function as a coordinated unit, and as a result was much more successful. ibid. p114
He would enquire into the case and lay his application before the committee at the next meeting, which was to held on the following Thursday – it was then Monday.
Linden explained to him that they were actually starving. He had been out of work for sixteen weeks. Robert Tressell, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist
The case had been duly considered by the committee, who had come to the conclusion that as it was a ‘chronic’ case they were unable to deal with it, and advised him to apply to the Board of Guardians. ibid.