Over the years, governments have been involved with truck loads of nonsensical proposals, idiotic schemes, decisions. There are ample examples of that. Pick any country, any century, any party. There will be plenty of idiotic remarks/programs/decisions to choose from.
Here is one that happened recently:
Zhu Weiqun, a Communist Party official who has long dealt with Tibetan issues, told reporters in Beijing on Wednesday that the Dalai Lama had, essentially, no say over whether he was reincarnated. That was ultimately for the Chinese government to decide, he said, according to a transcript of his comments on the website of People’s Daily, the party’s main newspaper.
Obviously the entire thing is about who succeeds/takes over as leader of the Tibetan Buddhists. Naturally, the Chinese government would want someone who is more favourable to the Chinese view / claim. There is absolutely nothing wrong with China trying to pursue such an ambition. However, what is wrong (and deeply disturbing) is that not only are they bringing up an idiotic senseless concept (reincarnation) into discussion but they are even claiming control / authority / jurisdiction over it!
You thought it was just India that had dumb politicians with dumb policies? Did you believe that only Americans were capable of barking out senseless unscientific crap with complete authority (for example - Rep. Akin)? It's not just Boris Johnson or Blair or Lalu Or Bush… Evidently, the Idiot Bug outbreak is a global concern!