Very nice post. It inspired me this morning. So I’m sharing it.
When we talk about “The Government”, whether we intend to or not, we refer to the whole apparatus. The political party which won the last general election is not “The Government”, although it is part of it. Or rather, it is those politicians in the winning party who become ministers who are part of it. But the ministers are only the top of a volcano. What spews out of the volcano comes from far below the crater. Have we not seen countless examples in recent decades? A couple of examples:
Around 2005: Conservative party: “We have no plans to introduce smoking bans”.
2015: Conservative/Liberal government introduce ban on smoking in cars with kids present and PP.
2010: Con/Lib administration: “There will be a bonfire of the quangos”.
2015: Bigger and more powerful quangos in place.
Even so, it tends to be the case that politicians do keep some control…
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