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The other end of the telescope from Woodward's 'Fear,' and just as disturbing.
4 October 2018
Bob Woodward's 'Fear' was the big picture - what happens when a demagogue who doesn't give a tuppeny damn about government is supposed to be running the government but doesn't; Woodward describes policy being made on the fly, and the problems of managing someone who shoots from the hip but has a porous memory for anything that doesn't glorify him.
his book looks through the other end of the telescope - at a few government services that keep the entire country running safely, they've been put in the charge of a bunch of Trump loyalists who couldn't be bothered to show up to the post-election briefing; services that don't sound very glamorous until you read Lewis's accounts of how much their quiet services stop farmers from being wiped out, towns being torn apart, poor people fed, non-toxic food on our plates … and nobody will notice until they're no longer there. He takes just two or three examples; tells them with his usual engaging delivery; and leaves you thinking 'if this is what can happen to X, and Y, and Z, what on earth is happening to A, B, C, D …
Essential, and engaging - I wish it hadn't had to be written, but am glad that it has.