"No country in the world allows this to happen to it"
In case of accident (renewed faith in the capacity of states to act in accordance with the needs of their citizens, give remotely fair accounts of the facts, or feel even a trickle of shame or embarrassment in openly mocking life and death concerns and flatly denying what all know to be the case), break glass here.
"it's a little bit like having a problem in your street and your mum lives in the next street so you go visit your mum for a bit"
Yes. Just like that.
"the government has a presence, and it must be felt..."
Not only must exist. Must be felt, lived with, in, and under. Like bricks. Like order. Like names gone missing.