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Sir Humphrey Revolts
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  • Pave Low John

    For chrissake, how hard is it to say “Right, we’re going back to the way it used to be, the UK being a completely independent nation and all, so just take anything that says “EU” on it, including those stupid blue flags, and throw it all in the rubbish bin”?

    But the author is correct. The civil servants (overwhelmingly Labor, I’m sure) think they have the right to drag their feet and completely screw up the transition, so they are going to sit there and pout like a bunch of little kids. Disgraceful….

  • Greg Olsen

    If the bureaucrats are sulking by their ships, it is time to take a page from the Iliad and burn the ships.

  • Andrew Allison

    As you acknowledge, “Theresa May, has undoubtedly proven shrewd and politically skilled, . . .” It is therefore presumptuous to assume that she has “no grand vision of what a post-European Britain would look like.” The truth is that the outcome of the negotiations is unknowable, and that it makes sense not to tip her hand before Article 50 is invoked and negotiations begin. Meanwhile, it seems perfectly appropriate to replace an obvious europhile with a euro-sceptic. Since negotiations have not yet started, let alone concluded the concluding paragraph is nonsensical.

  • Jim__L

    One major problem with governments nowadays seems to be an almost total failure to war-game possible scenarios because they are seen to be too unlikely (or too unpleasant) to contemplate. A Brexit, Trump’s victory — I will refrain from yet again posting the video of Niall Ferguson taking the Obama administration to task for lacking a contingency plan for Mubarak’s fall, but only because people here are already familiar with it.

    I’m thinking, just to get the imaginations going again, could TAI (or similar media outlet) regularly publish a series of hypothetical situations regarding how the action on the world stage could develop, and discuss resources America could use to react constructively to that situation? Categories present themselves – “Regime falls”, “Regional economy tanks”, “Casus belli occurs between two powers”, “Longtime treaty partners go their separate ways”.

    I realize that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy, but the practice of identifying and exploring the resources the US could use to react to any given situation that occurs (and identifying what resources the US lacks / should develop) is very, very good exercise for any set of decision-makers.

  • f1b0nacc1

    Ah yes…”Yes, Minister” and “Yes, Prime Minister”….Margaret Thatcher’s favorite television….

    Please note that while Sir Humphrey tends to ‘win’ most of the arguments in the early part of the series, as time goes on, Hacker gains the upper hand…

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