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"You fool!" Professor McGonagall cried. "Cedric Diggory! Mr. Crouch! These deaths were not the random work of a lunatic!"
"I see no evidence to the contrary!" shouted Fudge, now matching her anger, his face purpling. "It seems to me that you are all determined to start a panic that will destabilize everything we have worked for these last thirteen years!"
Harry couldn't believe what he was hearing. He had always thought of Fudge as a kindly figure, a little blustering, a little pompous, but essentially good-natured. But now a short, angry wizard stood in front of him, refusing, point-blank, to accept the prospect of disruption in his comfortable and ordered world – to believe that Voldemort could have risen. (36.133)
Fudge is putting into practice the old saying that all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. He's so afraid of the "disruption in his comfortable and ordered world" that he refuses to take any of Professor Dumbledore's advice about removing the Dementors from the prisons and sending emissaries to the giants. Not all evil has to take the form of a red-eyed, snake-faced monster, though. By refusing to take a stand against Voldemort, Fudge is basically working for him. We bet he didn't think of it that way.