the lunatics have taken over the asylum

the lunatics have taken over the asylum

The people least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge. Said especially when the result is total chaos or calamity. With the primary schools giving their young students complete control over the curriculum, it seems as though the lunatics have taken over the asylum. After the recent election, a new wave of political extremists have taken power in Congress. It looks like the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
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You know the lunatics have taken over the asylum when a Cabinet minister forced to resign over a dodgy expenses claim is back in business as chairwoman of a nice little publicity bandwagon called the Women and Equalities Select Committee.
If it is correct, the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
IT'S official, the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
I COULD not help but think the lunatics have taken over the asylum when I read that Rio Ferdinand is to be paid pounds 70,000 a week (Daily Mirror, July 22).
Inspector Glen Smyth, chairman of the police federation, said: ``It is as if the lunatics have taken over the asylum.