The man in Whitehall knows best

In times of high drama, a common cry is “Government should do something”. Drawing more lessons for the modern age from Niall Ferguson’s biography of Kissinger, perhaps it shouldn’t… In the Cuban missile crisis, Government officials almost sparked nuclear holocaust by the mundane (vital messages were delivered late because of traffic), the incredible (classified messages were sent to Moscow via Western Union) and the farcical (a bear wandering onto a US Air Force base set off very worrying alarms). After the various cris de Coeur in our EU referendum campaign, the public may be less inclined to call on Westminster to solve its problems. 

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