War and peace (or health and social care)

There’s not much in life that West Wing can’t be a useful guide to.

Take this exchange, between Percy Fitzwallace (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and Leo McGarry (President Bartlett’s Chief of Staff):

Admiral Percy Fitzwallace: Can you tell when it’s peacetime and wartime anymore?

Leo McGarry: No.

Admiral Percy Fitzwallace: I don’t know who the world’s leading expert on warfare is, but any list of the top has got to include me, and I can’t tell when it’s peacetime and wartime anymore.

This reminds me a little bit of health and social care. I’m not sure which is war and which is peace, but I do know that the boundaries between the two (including in mental health) are as fuzzy as Fitz finds in his area of expertise.

Whenever the time is right, I’d recommend it as a question to ask colleagues: the range of answers is fascinating.

The full exchange between Fitz and Leo is here:


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Man of letters & numbers; also occasionally of action. Husband to NTW. Dad of three. Friendly geek.

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