The “Senior Service” – which my dad belonged to – who says they are not more mad than anyone else on the planet? George W. Bush, for instance? It just makes you less and less confident in government apparatus saving us from anything, such as our nerdy college professor friend’s fear of us cooking in our own filth. Rely on the government to pull out all stops to prevent the worst of climate change? They try to stop people launching warheads with a barrel-key bike lock. You might as well give a small child access to the cleaning products cupboard. Mmm, yummy Drano.