The professor of surgery hears a knock on his office door. A surgeon enters gingerly to apologise for missing an important student seminar they were running. â€œI was pushing the truck."
Newspapers have savagely attacked the retention of council "non-jobs" while front line services are axed.
Once upon a time British cities at rush hour were a sea of grey suits, bowler hats and umbrellas.
Is that workstation you've slotted back into looking depressingly familiar?
Is all this slurping of warm beverages a good use of employees' time?
While some achieve absurd job titles all by themselves, others have absurdity thrust upon them.
There are no quick fixes, but plenty of quick wins. The outcome delivers a step-change in service provision, community empowerment, greater diversity and, of course, sustainability. Welcome to Planet Regeneration...