It appears, in some circles at least, to be a truth universally acknowledged that
a) a senior executive is entitled to a massive golden handshake, however short or incompetent his tenure of the post (Pavlov's Cat)
b) it is right and proper to spend public money hammering square pegs into round holes (Orphans of Liberty)
c) mothers of under-5s should be encouraged to go out to work (The Anger of a Quiet Man)
Does anyone ever actually stop to ask why?