An interesting question for historians of the future - why was drivel so widely addictive among official communicators and the media? Here's an example from last week.
Derbyshire County Council could stop non-essential spending amid £46m debt
Derbyshire County Council could stop all non-essential spending and implement a recruitment freeze as a £46m budget black hole brings it to the "edge of bankruptcy".
It said the overspend had prompted "very painful" budget decisions...
Many of Derbyshire County Council's services are not statutory - meaning it does not legally have to provide them.
A freeze on all but statutory services may be issued if the authority cannot meet a balanced budget or if its reserves fall to "unacceptably low levels".
How can it be "very painful" to stop spending which is non-essential? Why spend on anything non-essential in the first place? Rhetorical questions of course, they have been doing it for decades.