You've heard of the 'Deep State' - now meet the 'Shallow State'
There's a place where the politicians meet lobbyists to discuss how to make things better
You've heard of the "Deep State"? It's an allegedly sinister hidden state-within-the-state, up to all sorts of carry-on. Intelligence agencies, groups of higher civil servants - that kind of thing.
We have a little yarn here about something we might call the "Shallow State".
This consists of a layer of nonsense grafted onto the public service by ministers who've seen too many episodes of The West Wing.