Quote of the week

Johnson used to at least be able to give a passable imitation of being Boris Johnson. Now he can’t even manage that. The gags and the mannerisms that used to be his calling card, now just fall flat. A one-trick pony whose one trick everyone knows. The surface has been stripped bare to reveal a core of molten need. Someone who craves attention and fears he wouldn’t exist without it. Someone whose narcissism leaves him devoid of empathy. Incapable of either giving or receiving love.

John Crace
The Guardian
29 October 2010

[M]any ministers are chosen not for their potential performance but instead for their anticipated nonperformance. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel is a gifted trade union fall-guy chosen to build a department that will never have a role. Energy Minister Dipuo Peters’s remit seems limited to craven capitulation before a rampaging Department of Minerals. The minister of injustice, Jeff Radebe, has apparently been selected for his inability to control the new director of national nonprosecutions. – Anthony Butler in Business Day

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