Monday, March 20, 2006
so much red tape....
It's lunch time here at work and I've just sat through training on Money Laundering, how to spot it that is, not how to do it.
The rules are utterly ridiculous and mind boggling. I won't bore you with it all, but some of our laws are very well intentioned but laborious, circular and downright daft. The only folks these laws benefit seem to be the regulators. This smcks of a classic example of 'jobs for the boys'.
I remember once belonging to an office, where the firm's principal client insisted on having ISO 9001. What a great idea - get everyone routinely working in the same way with checks and balances. Great theoretical idea - useless practically.
I found that you could pass an ISO audit by having a beautifully ticked check box without ever having given advice to the client, or, even worse, entirely negligently advising the client,losing the action, but having the right coloured bits of card against the right documents. Conversely, you could ignore the bits of card, have a great rapport with the client, do things legally incredibly well - and fail the audit.
It strikes me that this happens a lot in legislation, or regulation, and here the music industry is a major culprit. Everyone wants a slice of the action, the creative intentions of the artist and their intentions are very much an afterthought.
I wish things would start to turn and there would be far less red tape...