This one stretches the limit of what counts as a science cartoon. It sneaks in because it was drawn in response to all the tick box exercises that increasingly take up valuable research time for no real purpose. Often it stems from a well-meaning and important reason but this slowly erodes over time, becoming lost in a fug of bureaucracy. A great example of this is a debate that once rolled on for weeks over whether separate risk assessment forms (=important reason, vital part of safe working and good science) needed to be filled out for sodium chloride bought from two different suppliers (=pointless waste of everybody’s time apart from some jobsworth somewhere).
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