It was 'fun' to watch Blair ambushed on QT by the folk who cannot book Doctors appointments in advance because it messes up their 48 hour targets. I thought it was fairly well known that NHS targets are cause all sorts of statistical manipulation and perverting of care. Cas being treated in the back of Ambulances so that they don't wait too long in A&E etc. Its also well known that schools are over run with targets which pervert performance and education. The son of a colleague of mine has been put in the 'D' stream at school for English GCSE. He got an A in his most recent English exam but did poorly in French. At his school French and English are linked subjects. If he went into the A stream it would mean that he would under perform in French and miss a key target. So dump him in the D stream and he will do as expected in French and will do better in English. He is unlikely to meet his full potential in English because he is getting D stream teaching but the school will meet its targets. Oh and why is English linked to French? Because its a 'language Academy' and French and English are languages, and they have to have equal status. I work for Job Centre Plus. We have targets that claims are supposed to be processed (put into payment) within 12 days of the initial claim being made. This is complete fantasy. Very few scroungers are seen by the Job Centre within 12 days, let alone having their claims done and dusted more like a monthe to six weeks. There are lots of ways to manipulate the figures though. The net result is that claims are often taken off the system (at a cost of about Â£130 a time) and re-registered so that they appear to be fresh claims. Other tricks are to make false registrations again so the claim appears to be fresher than it is. Now in this case who cares? Not me, but I am disgusted by the way that targets are perverting performance and costing the Tax payer money. Does any one else out there in ARRSE land have examples of Targets that are perverting performance? Can we gather them, maybe send them to Today and see if we can't ambush Tone and his cronies again?