Top down or bottom up?

Scott's law (well one of them). Some-one operating within a hierarchy believes in top-down control from their own position downwards, and bottom up control from their own position upwards.

Ironic to observe those within the Irish third level system, who themselves operate a vigorous top-down control upon those of us on the bottom rung, now complaining vociferously about the "soviet style" top-down control being exerted on the universities by the HEA and the government.