Quote of the week

The most riveting moment in the interview [with Prince Andrew] came at the very end. The Prince, finally acknowledging Epstein’s deeds, said, “Do I regret the fact that he has quite obviously conducted himself in a manner unbecoming? Yes.” Maitlis immediately dispensed with the inappropriate euphemism. “Unbecoming? He was a sex offender,” she replied, forcing the Prince to reckon with the brute fact. Being challenged: Prince Andrew must have found that experience unsettling and unfamiliar—even further from his rarefied experience than eating pizza, taking selfies, and recognizing the personal autonomy of members of the serving class, those people passing through whom one doesn’t need to notice.

Rebecca Mead
The New Yorker
26 September 2008

Rejoice, Dr beetroot is no more

I am extatic to read that Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has been moved from her post as Minister of Health and replaced with the excellent Barbara Hogan. Now if only Mbeki did this about 8 years ago. Maybe he could still have had a job. Pity Manto was not “redeployed” as ambassador to Tjikitjikistan….

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