I was chatting to my wife (who is from the US, and very concerned about her elderly mother in California) last night about the hopelessly inadequate response of the US federal government to the coronavirus crisis, and how it puts a big nail in the coffin of the ‘deep state’ narrative pedalled by Trump and his sycophants. After all, what kind of deep state – with its labyrinthine network of intelligence agencies and vast powers of international surveillance – misses an open goal like this? What, exactly, is a deep state for, if not to catch a crisis like the one currently unfolding?
Of course, the UK and other European countries also seem to have overlooked the seriousness of this threat, even though it’s been months in the making. But Trump’s the one who’s been obsessed with this deep state nonsense. Seems that he’s finding – to his cost – that the deep state cannot function on its own. It needs a figurehead, a competent head chef in the kitchen to keep everything cooking. And shallow frying just won’t do.