Hopefully you are old enough to remember "Yes Minister." Does government really work like that? If it does, you really need a sense of humour to examine not only its workings but also its nonworkings. That is exactly what the book If Only Politicians Had Brains does. It examines government workings with a sense of humour. Ten years ago, BSE was going to destroy mankind (if mankind ate beef ). So far less than 150 people have died over a 12-year period. If Only Politicians Had Brains takes an often humorous look ? with serious intent ? at the politically manufactured creations designed to divert public attention away from the real issues. Why do so many people fall for the smoke and mirrors trap that makes "Hustle" the successful programme that it is?