Should unelected administrative bureaucracies, such as the civil services (departments staffed with non-elected officials in both the USA and UK) be able to thwart or undermine the policy's of elected politicians? I ask as in the news here about politics in both the US and the UK there seems to be attempts by civil servants to undermine both Trump and Brexit. In the USA I read today about a "resistance" in the White House who are working to frustrate parts of the president's agenda. In the UK I read that politicians are claiming that senior civil servants are working against the government to thwart Brexit. What if the UK had a socialist leaning government that wanted to implement policies such as a minimum income of around twenty-two thousand pounds, or a massive social housing program, or the reintroduction of free universities etc. Should unelected bureaucrats be allowed to stand in the way of those policies being implemented?