It seemed to me that there is something wrong with GTs (Government Targets) especially those set on things over which the government has no control e.g. traffic, polution and global warming.
Even if you *have* control there is no guarantee e.g. I decided to set myself a GT to loose some weight. I weighed myself everyday for a month and there was no difference.
What could be wrong? Maybe Canute was right after all? Targets don't work.
I telphoned scientists here at the Anglian Regional Space Effort and was given this simple proof: a reductio ad absurdum:
"The government could set a GT to reduce their methane emissions by25% by 2010 and also they could set a different GT to reduce their methane by 37% by 2010. Now here is the clever bit: both GTs are equally valid *but* both cannot be true at the same time! QED."
They went on to comment that "Parkinson's Law (a subset of the second law of thermodynamics) actually predicts an absolute *increase* of parliamentary CH4 of approximately 5.7% per year."