~Sarah Millican (May 29 1976)
Much used — and abused — but little understood, realpolitik is about not only the art of the possible but also the messiness of politics ...
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With several historic northern towns hit by major flooding (and The Sundiscovering 'traces of cocaine' in St Paul's cathedral), the Crosby story didn't get much oxygen the day after it was leaked to the Sunday Times.
"A reward for political service is exactly what it says," the paper said. There was "no point pretending the honours are for making a contribution to the greater good of the country… such titles are dispensed by party leaders to people who have most helped them defeat their opponents"
Mr Cameron has been criticised for his approach to the honours list – at one point even finding a gong for his hairdresser (who fought a noble battle on behalf of the country against its leader's expanding bald spot) Prospect of Sir Lynton lord of spin triggers laughter ...
Speaking in his home town of Adelaide, Mr Briggs said the incident occurred on a recent official trip to Hong Kong when he invited the woman and several other officials out to a private dinner. Minister Jamie Briggs quits Malcolm Turnbull's cabinet after 'incident' abroad Jamie Briggs, an ambitious MP who overstepped the mark
"Political scandals are not really about ministerial accountability. Rather they are tests of prime ministerial leadership," Dr Scott Brenton from University of Melbourne wrote in a paper on such matters Political scandals principally a test of leadership
Tim Vine (March 4 1967-)
“…the only guilded butler in North America…” “In Canada, graduating butlers fresh from school can expect annual wages in the $50,000 to $60,000 range, climbing to $75,000 within five years. After 10 years, according to Mr. MacPherson, butlers can look forward to six-figure salaries.” Finally: ““If you think you love people, but you’re not sure you love people, it’s not the profession for you.”” It makes me wonder. What happened to Polish born Thomas Mann that colourful porsch driving Rene Rivkin's Perfect butler gets his just rewards
This magic bitcoin trick is sonething Thomas would do ...
To prove how easy this all was, Wences asked Blodget to take out his phone and helped him to create an empty Bitcoin wallet. Once it was up, and Wences had Blodget’s new Bitcoin address, Wences used the wallet on his own phone to send Blodget $250,000..the money was then passed to the phones of other people around the table once they had set up wallets. Anyone could have run off with Wences’s $250,000, but that wasn’t a risk with this particular crowd. Instead, as the money went around, Wences saw the guests’ laughter and wide-eyed amazement at what they were watching.
Start-Up With Bitcoin in Its DNA Stumbles on Fund-Raising Trail New York Times