Comedy home secretary Charles Clarke does have his uses, though. Last week, he stated that he would use the UK presidency of the European Union (when he will chair the council of interior ministers) to improve cross-European preparedness for natural disasters and major terrorism. He mentioned specifically that the financial system was vulnerable to cascading effects from an attack in one state to others.
Does anyone think he's been reading John Robb? Dark globalisation, cascading network failures, systempunkts - it's all right there. Who would have cast the Safety Elephant as Europe's general for 4th Generation Warfare?