These days, with so much real power outsourced from democratically accountable government to the self-interest of big business, it's only natural that ministers need these little reminders of their achievements.
A new road, hospital or energy facility, and a minister proudly standing before the camera with an expression which says, "Look what I built."
All too often politics focuses only on the provision of such infrastructure, instead of how it's being used.
More transport 'connectivity' is always seen as a good thing, even if it locks people into dependence on ever longer journeys.
More energy supply always takes priority over cutting energy waste.
And we rarely see real emphasis on making society healthier so that we can all spend less time visiting that new hospital.
This week's example might sound a bit obscure. Scotland, it has been announced, now has its own internet exchange point.
Even many people who spend their whole lives online won't know what an IXP is, but it's part of the infrastructure which makes the internet possible.
Your home internet service provider has until now relied on IXPs south of the border to get your emails and tweets out to the world, or to bring websites and iplayer programmes to your screen.
It's great that Scotland now has one, and data will be able to get where it's going more quickly instead of bouncing up and down the country.
In announcing this development, the Scottish Government also talked about its commitment to next generation broadband, and improving access in rural areas.
But we also need a debate about how we're using the internet, how our children are using it, and the political principles that matter in the online world.
Too many of us access the internet as consumers; passive recipients of products pre-chosen for us.
We accept breathtaking levels of intrusion on our privacy, and we allow corporations and governments to control data about us on a scale and of a detail that would make cold war totalitarian states look like amateurs.
AND we are teaching young people that all this is normal.
I love the internet, and I'm delighted that Scotland's internet infrastructure is improving.
But one of the reasons I love it is its potential for shifting power from the few to the many, and for sharing the fruits of creativity more widely than ever.
It would be terrible to let it turn into just another medium for the same old economic transactions and familiar top-down power relationships.