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Screwing up

Why does every government make so many blunders? And can anything be done to prevent them?

By Robin McGhee  

In Raymond Briggs’s harrowing graphic novel When The Wind Blows, Mr and Mrs Bloggs are caught in the middle of a nuclear apocalypse. Sitting in their government-designed shelter, their neighbours burned alive, the two Bloggs slowly succumb to radiation poisoning. Throughout the novel, Mr Bloggs maintains a firm belief that “they,” “the government,” will ride valiantly to their aid. No aid comes, of course. Nobody knows or cares about the Bloggses, nor would be in a position to help them if they did. Mr Bloggs has fallen victim to the…

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