Thursday, 11 December 2008

Too long in NSW

It must be all the time I spent in New South Wales but for the life of me I cannot see what all the fuss is about over the charges being laid against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. From what I have read the only thing that Blagojevich has done that is not common place among politicians of all persuasions is that he gives thye impression that he may be intending to keep some of the money raised for his own personal use. Normally such standover tactics are done in the cause of raising campaign funds.

What the story did do is remind me with admiration the response of Mayor Richard Daley (the father not the current son) when a pesky journalist was once impertinent enough to suggest impropriety at a rare Mayoral press conference held on the eve of an election. What, the journalist demanded, did the Mayor think about the insurance company that his son had just started working for being awarded a large slice of the city's insurance business without tenders being called. Without batting an eye the great political machine boss replied that any father who would not help his own son did not deserve to be called a father. He called "next question" and that was that. Re-election duly followed.
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