Red tape 繁文缛节，官僚作风
The script of this programme 本节目台词
Feifei: Hello Rob. You look so busy, 这都是些什么呀？What are all these papers?
Rob: Oh, Feifei, I have to get a permit to build an extension to my house. It's a very small bit of building work but I have to fill in all these forms.
Feifei: What is this one for?
Rob: This one here is for my local council. I need to apply for planning permission. And then they want lots of supporting documents to make sure it fits in with building regulations.
Feifei: It sounds exhausting. Rob 想把他们家的房子扩建一下，不过申请手续非常繁琐，得填写无数表格。
Rob: I hate red tape. If I could cut through this red tape it would be brilliant!
Feifei: So your problem is red tape? 你需要剪断红色胶带纸？太容易了！Say no more, Rob! The solution is in my bag! … Ah, here they are!
Rob: A pair of scissors and blue tape?
Feifei: Yes. 你不是说要 cut through the red tape 吗？我给你了剪刀，你一剪就行了! If you don't like red tape, use blue. I love the colour blue!
Rob: Thank you, Feifei. You're a good friend. But in English we call the rules and processes required to get official permits - which usually seem to be pointless - 'red tape'.
Feifei: Ah, bureaucracy! 原来在英语里，很多官方的规定、条款和繁琐的做事程序被称为 red tape “红带文件”，也就是我们说的“官僚作风”。下面我们来听几个例句。
- Small firms won't be subject to new regulations under a government plan to cut red tape and boost the economy.
- Andrea almost gave up studying abroad. The amount of red tape to get a visa was unbelievable!
Feifei: I think most people hate bureaucracy, Rob.
Rob: I'm not surprised. Some people say this expression might come from the 16th century, when bundles of documents were held together with red tape. I hate all these forms.
Feifei: 据说，早在16世纪时的英国，所有官方的文件会用红色布带系成一扎一扎的，从而也就出现了 red tape 这个比喻。Well, it's the 21st century now and we still have red tape. Good luck with your red tape, Rob. I'm off to paint the town red!
Rob: Oh Feifei, no more idioms with red for me today please.