Today is the day to enumerate the various ways which committees can say No to new ideas.
1 That has been done before.
2 That has never been done before.
3 That idea will not address a separate issue which it was not supposed to address in the first place. (Never mind the dog poo, what about the litter).
4 Vandals will destroy that idea if it were ever to make it into reality.
5 People might hurt themselves on it, and sue us.
6 It would cost too much.
7 That would be the thin end of the wedge.
A fairly complete list, but there is always the brilliant exception. Who would have thought up the reason to not put in place an Indian Ocean tsunami warning system on the grounds that there had not been a big earthquake in the region for a very long time? The whole point of earthquakes is that if you have not had one for a very long time, the next one that comes along will be a biggie.
And that was a committee of earthquake experts...
Millions could be saved from the budget of the Civil Service if they just wrote 1/2/6 on the letters of people who write in with suggestions for Government to change its ways.