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Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Sickness of the West

An essay by historian Paul Johnson in Forbes Magazine highlights the pitiful quality of Western leaders .
At the very top we have a sad bunch of flawed mediocrities.
The world is groaning beneath a mountain of debt, but that's not the real problem. History shows repeatedly that debt can quickly be paid off once confidence is restored and men and women set to work with a will. But for that to happen we must have trust in those who lead us.

Trust is missing. We do not trust--and with good reason--either our elected leaders or the corporate elite who constitute the top echelons of society. Seldom in modern history has the lack of trust, now verging on contempt, been so deep, universal and comprehensive.At the very top we have a sad bunch of flawed mediocrities
--President Barack Obama. To quote Benjamin Disraeli, "A sophisticated rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity." If only he would talk less, and think more.
-Chancellor Angela Merkel. A well-meaning hausfrau with the steely will of a dishcloth.
--President Nicolas Sarkozy. An operator who is clever at everything except what matters most.
--Prime Minister Gordon Brown. A machine politician whose own machinery is visibly breaking down.
--Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. A splendid advertisement for Viagra, a man whose antics would have afforded us much amusement in a time of normal prosperity.
Of course as an Aussie I would have to add Kevin (Blah blah) Rudd to the list although he could give mediocrity a bad name!


  1. Baron, I think you should have noted that "our Kevin" is actually Kevin (Blah blah blah) Rudd as he always has three (3) reasons or examples for everything he is Blahing about.

    On the more serious note of giving mediocrity a bad name I am appalled by KRudd. Not having guts to pull the trapdoor on Garrett he came out yesterday like a personified angel to accept responsibility for atrocious mismanagement over so many months simplified to the "good and the bad". He found solace in his usual manner - throw some money at it. With cheque book in hand he big noted himself on the Parliamentary front steps and distributed $43 million to those who are now out of pocket. And to those families who have sadly lost precious family members - a continuing stony silence!
    I am saddened that we are (mis)led by such an individual.

    Tommo - Central Queensland

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