Got a new "Boss's Boss" once. 'Sir', PhD, C.Eng, MIMechE, OBE, GCMG, ( G
od! is the Civil Service sarcastic wording ), The Lord x of y, blah blah, etc.., a most aggressive, bombastic, self-opinionated, "fear-generator" type- [ you may not recognise them as they are as nice as pie to the trades and workers but impossible suicide-inducing bar-stewards to managers and above ]. Took him round the plant to show him my new 2000lb bomb line, and within 5 minutes he was explaining to me
how he was going to rearrange production, machinery and buildings facilities for better efficiency, less men, better storage, more profit. He was most affonted when I told him, [ I always call a spade a ruddy shovel
, best policy when dealing with fools ], that his illegal, unconsidered and dangerous ideas would probably result in putting all 1000 acres of factory into low-earth orbit.
He lasted 3 months and went back to making wings. Cor! I bet they groaned as loud as I sighed with relief when they saw him clamber back out of his limo at Farnborough!