I spotted that cycleway as a death trap as soon as I saw it.
Shortly after I began this blog, I wrote about a couple of books on government failure. There was Why Government Fails So Often which had a US focus, and The Blunders of our Governments which had a UK focus.
The authors of the second book define a blunder as
as an episode in which a government adopts a specific course of action in order to achieve one or more objectives and, as a result largely or wholly of its own mistakes, either fails completely to achieve those objectives, or does achieve some or all of them but contrives at the same time to cause a significant amount of “collateral damage” in the form of unintended and undesired consequences….financial, human, political or some combination of all three.
Most of the specific episodes the authors wrote about were on quite a large scale. But smaller debacles can be just as telling. …
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