Risk of a short dead dude

In celebration of La Fête Nationale, Bastille Day, on July 14 here is an example of some poor risk management on the part of the British.

The late historian Robert Sobel once noted that the “British created a civil service job in 1803 calling for a man to stand on the Cliffs of Dover with a spyglass. He was supposed to ring a bell if he saw Napoleon coming. The job was abolished in 1945.”

Since the “short dead dude” died in 1821 I find it incredibly unlikely that this risk would manifest itself between 1822 and 1945. Napoleon was not coming.

Make sure to spend your time and money on the important risks. A guy on a cliff is just silly.

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