Sometimes the government is really rather good at design

27 December 2012 ,

A little gem I discovered from Who Goes Home? A Parliamentary Miscellany by Robert Rogers:

The red despatch box is a badge of ministerial office … The lock is on the bottom, not the top, which is intended to ensure that the box is locked before it is carried.

That’s a very smart piece of design, designing out problems at source.

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Jock Coats
Jock Coats

Really, it would not be a problem if we didn't elect numpties who tried carrying away open briefcases! It is, after all, a problem no known commercial manufacturer has identified, so must be peculiar to public servants! Now they need to design out the ability to leave any state owned briefcase on a train or taxi seat. Not so good with that one are they :)

Mark Pack
Mark Pack

Jock Coats You never seen anyone in the private sector pick up an open briefcase by mistake in this way? Not even in a slapstick comedy? I think your dislike of the state is showing :)

Matthew Burchell
Matthew Burchell

They are also lined with lead so that if the minister gets blown up, the ministerial papers survive.

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