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Britain is governed by The Blob. No, I’m not talking about Boris Johnson or his ministers, but instead the amorphous conglomerate of civil servants, academics, and charities that work together to push policies they prefer and block changes they dislike.

The name was borrowed from the 1958 horror movie, where an oozing alien starts to envelop everything in sight, growing ever larger in the process. The British Blob behaves in much the same way.

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