Quote of the week

In the current crisis another shark has been on people’s minds. In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak quite a few commentators compared Trump to the fictional mayor in Jaws. Steven Spielberg’s mayor refuses at first to accept that a shark is responsible for the fatal attacks – he claims the first was a boating accident. When the evidence becomes hard to refute he still declines to shut the resort. Only when another swimmer gets chewed up on 4 July does he finally accept that he needs to call in the professionals. It’s all rather Trumpian. But only one politician has actually cited the actions of the mayor from Jaws as a model of crisis management, and it isn’t Trump. Boris Johnson used to tease audiences by suggesting that ‘the real hero of Jaws was the mayor, a wonderful politician.

David Runciman
London Review of Books
4 February 2016

EFF’s Proposed Order in the Nkandla Court case

here is the proposed order of the EFF to which it would agree in order to reach a settlement with President Jacob Zuma in the Constitutional Court matter dealing with the (non)implementation of the Public Protector’s Nkandla Report: EFF’S Proposed Order re zuma feb 16

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