Department of Transport staff spend their time visiting belly dancing sites and deciding which MPs are sexy.
But the weirdest candidate among the the 1,000 top sites visited by civil servants at the Department for Transport is bearsfaction.org.uk, a page devoted to a live medieval role playing game.
According to the site, if you enter this place you are under Bears hospitality. “conduct yourself as a Bear would and you will find your questions answered, friendship gladly given and received.”
Apparently all who see the Bear are a proud honourable people and hospitable. The land is held together by the grace, might and wisdom of Anu, “united behind three Queens”.
Given this is not similar to our own experience of dealing with the DfT, we can only assume that some staff member has a little fantasy of a universe where things are a lot better than the daily grind.
A Whitehall source told The Guardian that a DfT civil servant may be one of the organisers of the unusual site.
In the last five months there were also 3,170 visits to smallworldbellydance.com, the home page of a company in south London that offers private belly dance tuition. Which we think is fair enough.
Probably a better use of the web was more than 121,000 visits to a government website seeking suggestions on how to cut red tape. After all those who create it always need to know how to cut it.
Matthew Sinclair, Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance which obtained the figures moaned to the Telegraph that like many officials at the Department for Transport are spending a lot of time surfing websites that clearly have nothing to do with their jobs.
Clearly he knows not the way of the bear.