Video essay: the reason things always goes wrong

We live in times of seemingly unending progress - and yet somehow things still always go wrong: trains are late, broadband speeds suck and the promotion always goes to the wrong person. Well, it turns out there's an explanation for all this - and progress itself is the problem. Meet The Peter Principle.

I took a tongue-in-cheek approach to this story, to reflect the humorous nature of the book on which it is based, and also, as Groucho Marx says "if you're going to tell them the truth, you'd better make them laugh".