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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Cutting corners and bending rules is how "work" works.

What struck me about the Murdoch And Brooks Show this afternoon, and yes, I would be better off getting a life, was not just the tedium of it all but how little the members of the committee seemed to understand about the world of work. I find it wholly believable that senior management did not "know" about phone hacking. In any job, when the pressure is on, corners will be cut and management will make it their business to turn a blind eye, "I don't want to know". Most companies will have a comprehensive document that covers health and safety, codes of conduct and standards of integrity. What this document really covers of course, is management's back. In the real world what counts is getting the job done. Cut a few corners if you must, just so long as we meet the deadline, but just make sure that you don't get caught. And if you do get caught you can expect management to throw up their hands in horror that such malpractices were taking place. That is the reality of the workplace and that culture of pressure was what Sean Hoare was alluding to in his Panorama interview. Unfortunately he may have given the impression that such a culture was unique to News International rather than an integral part of the whole rotten system.

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