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Is there a word or idiom in English for describing the moment when goverments blame unknown powers?

Is there an idiom or word for describing the moment or situation when governments blame some unknown power(s) for bad results caused by their own actions? These governments try to acquit themselves by ...
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what does this mean “Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. Gordon B. Hinkley”

“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds." – Gordon B. Hinkley
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Is it “Ministry of Economy” or “Ministry of the Economy”?

Recently, a government official gave me a business card that stated the official's department as "Ministry of Economy." I did a double take, because, in my mind, I took that to mean "Ministry of ...
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What do you call a government when the rulers are gods?

I'm familiar with most -ocracies. And I don't mean a Theocracy (rule by religious officials). This would probably make more sense in a Fantasy setting (say D&D) where deities actually come down ...
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Where does “three line whip” come from?

In parliament a three line whip is said to be applied when a party seeks to ensure every MP turns up and votes the party line. But why the term "three line" whip? And is there such a thing as a one ...