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In domestic bliss and bath-time coups it’s all good, bad and ...

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In domestic bliss and bath-time coups it’s all good, bad and achievable

Here’s an educated guess on the contents of Sona, which will all be forgotten by Friday. I thank you

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has been a terrible disappointment in many ways, but even his harshest critics would have to agree that it was a brilliant bit of statecraft on his part a few years ago to move the state of the nation address (Sona) from the afternoon to the evening.

Give your speech in the late afternoon and you are speaking to a tired and irritable nation just itching for some hypocrite in a shiny suit to lie to it so it can spit invective at the telly or get on Twitter and denounce you as a gutless fantasist.

Give it at 7pm, however, and you are speaking to a nation happily preoccupied with domestic life. Suppers are being eaten, baths are being run, favourite TV shows are being anticipated: the bile of the day is dissolving and with it the public’s desire to fight with you or even to pay attention to you...

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