Once upon a time, there was a public consensus that we were proud of what our public employees did, that we demanded that they work in beauty at a place that shouted that it was built for the ages.
Even the place that pumped the sewers.
I wonder if somehow they knew that government service in general was about to go right down the toilet?
It's a shame Mr. Parkinson never revisited Chapter Six. What would he have made of today's public buildings, known to be shoddy, temporary trash at the time of their design?
The old buildings are gorgeously human, though. Enjoy.