"The vast body of evidence suggests a great deal of loss and destruction could have been avoided if local knowledge, experience and commitment had been respected and used. Instead, the politicians and their bureaucrats shared a motivation to exert close and uncompromised control. An aggressive resistance to contestable advice allowed policy-makers to deny the existence of culpable knowledge.
The mandarins eventually succumbed to their own intoxicating publicity and stared down the risk of their knowledge deficit.
Dysfunctionality bred like a virus in a hotbed of intellectual conceit.
The implications are sobering for every aspect of government policy."
July 4, 2009
Vanity, all is vanity
Commentary on the commission into the Victorian bush fires, but really, it could be commentary on any fuck-up, and ain't it the awful truth.