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BULL’S EYE: The fine line between desperate and serious


BULL’S EYE: The fine line between desperate and serious

Problems we have are replicated in virtually every other country – just ask the Italians, and they seem to cope

Jeremy Thomas

There have been more than 60 governments in Italy since World War 2, a point lovingly made in London by whichever junior was manning the Lex column turret at the FT that weekend.

“Desperate, but not serious,” the journo wrote, quoting La Dolce Vita screenwriter Ennio Flaiano’s observation of Roman politics in the 1960s.

There has been a similarly smug tone in SA to some of the commentary, noting how unhinged things are turning out to be elsewhere – and this time not in Trump’s “shitholes” (although Zimbabwe is putting up a fair display of bad craziness), but in the sandstone temples of Washington, Whitehall, Paris and Berlin...

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