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
4 March 2011

Critics have wrongly slammed as “conspicuous consumption” the Guptas’ modest demand for helicopter landing rights in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Saxonwold. They do not realise that the family has for some weeks secretly printed a newspaper called The New Age. An air-drop distribution system may be essential if this cult publication is to be brought to members of the wider reading public for the first time. – Anthony Butler in a scathingly funny piece on the Gupta family

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