Weather they're right or wrong

Moving the goalposts

Oct. 2013: Owen Paterson blames failure of badger cull on 'the vagaries of the weather' (BBC News)

Jan. 2011: Gideon Osborne blames economic stagnation on 'bad weather' (Daily Telegraph)

Do these examples mean the Tories admit to having no control over the success of their own policies? Do they accept, therefore, that their political ingenuity is very limited and that Britain's future prosperity is basically controlled by meteorological or climatic conditions?

Conversely, does it also mean that - if they coincide with periods of good weather - their economic or mustelid-slaughtering successes could just be weather-controlled too?

We could use data to look into it, but that would be pretty controversial.

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