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
10 June 2011

Government has the truth to communicate … the people who are going to pass on our content much more effectively to the public are the people we will focus on, I can tell you this right now…  It will continue to work with mainstream media. Nothing is going to change, but you can expect – without a shadow of a doubt – that there will be more usage of media that covers areas which are generally not covered, [like] rural areas… Even if you write badly about government we will still do work with you, the criteria is not to write good about government. The criteria is to report on government work [and] once you’ve reported on government work, you can do what you like to criticise it. – Jimmy Manyi, announcing a new media strategy based on threats instead of persuasion

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