This is an odd time to be in the US. Because of a deadlock in budget discussions between the Republicans and the Democrats, there is a real risk the US Federal Government will close down on Saturday (apart from essential services, such as defence, civil aviation control, and feeding animals in zoos).
Whereas in recent times we shared the “Hollowmen” episode planning how to spend federal money, the current reality in the US, as Michael Patton pointed out, is deciding what to cut. In theory this should be evidence-based. In practice, decisions about what to cut, as with decisions about what to fund, are often about politics and ideology.
We thought it was therefore timely to share this classic moment from “Yes Prime Minister”, where Sir Humphrey explains how evidence can be created to support a policy decision that has already been made.