They say the sign of a good referee in a rugby match is one who is seldom seen, rarely heard, but who makes sure the match is played properly.
A direct parallel could be applied accurately applied to government.
But just as modern rugby has produced puffed up little camera seeking ponces like Steve Walsh, so today's governments need to be seen and heard. The leaders must be rock stars, striding the global stage creating headline and legacy policies, before retiring to milk their position and connections for personal gain.
And this is why so called climate change has been seized upon with such rabid enthusiasm by our law makers.
Putting to one side the fact that it is a mass of eminently discreditable bunkum devised by a gang of failed academics and second rate scientists, it is manna from heaven for governments of all strata.
Because it demands action, it necessitates legislation, it begs for reports and investigation.
In short, it gives them something to get their teeth into, and more importantly, to be seen so doing.
The latest version of the IPCC investigation into climate change, which has, it must be pointed out, significantly reduced the unemployment rates amongst otherwise unemployable third raters, contains enough ifs, buts and maybes to build a lexicon of doubt.
But it has national and local governments salivating.
Goaded by that crazed and gullible collection of faux hippies and middle class pseudo revolutionaries, the green movement, governments now have carte blanche to further dictate how we live our lives, which conveniently distracts us from the fact that they are largely a bunch of overpaid and mainly redundant fools.
Of course the greens are fine with this because every single one of them moves only by bicycle, dwells only in an entirely unheated property (rented of course, they have been priced out of the housing market by people with jobs), and despite a diet composed exclusively of mung beans, never produce personal methane emissions.
And the governments are fine with it because the new rules will not apply to them.
Which means it's us, the mass of ordinary, hard working bods who prop up these useless segments of society who will carry the load. It's our cars which will be curtailed, our fires which will be phased out, and our cows which will get the chop.
And when, as it will in time, the whole climate change circus is revealed to be bunkum, will anyone hold up their hand and admit they were wrong? Will they apologise to humanity for incorrectly scaring them?
Of course not. Sadly, I don't think this is necessarily because they want to avoid the blame. I think it's because they are stupid enough to actually believe in it all.
Which, given they are our leaders, is just a little bit worrying.