It has been over six years since The Little Black Book of Red Tape came out and, unbelievably, we have just discovered a box of its paperback edition hiding under the desk. Blame bad administration.
It is a book which attempts to weave a tale of ineptitude and annoyance around a number of tales of bureaucratic incompetence, many of which were the result of a public appeal for real-world examples of red tape. You will not find Euro-myths and made-up Daily Mail stories, but a collection of occasionally hilarious tales of understated frustration bookended by an interesting history of the dark arts of administration and a call for unjoined-up government which predicted our current concerns with privacy and big data.
The book features brilliant, misanthropic cartoons by Gwyn and a lot of dark railing against the world by Ian.
You can have one signed, inscribed - whatever you fancy - for little more than the cost of post, package and PayPallage. Yours for £2.50 including the aforementioned P+P+P.