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Muphry’s Law in action

‘Ineptocracy: Noun – A government characterised by incompetent leaders.’


A gloriously incompetent attack on incompetence, and the greatest example of Muphry’s Law that Mr S has seen in a long time. The old adage is that if you write anything criticising someone else’s writing, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written. On this occasion, Mr S thinks, we can extend that to questions of competence. Do we think the veteran leader of the Labour firebrands perhaps meant ‘passport‘?

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