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Dignity in politics. How she is not exhibited.

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the not especially awful (by Central Asian standards) leader of Kazakhstan has decided that he is just the man to carry the Olympic torch when it reaches Almaty.

At 67 he is neither in the first flush of youth nor in need of round the clock medical attention, but NN has opted not to overdo it: "Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev will run a 250m stretch of the torch relay".

Perhaps 'run' is too strong a word. Saunter, perhaps?

I would not fancy the chances of any Tibetans disruption, as "Kazakhstan has spent $2.5 million for the preparations around the torch relay...Almaty has also invested in security, having as many as 5,000-armed policemen to watch over the the relay run". Shame.

(I am deeply peeved to have discovered that I had got my Jimmy Carter anecdotes mixed up, and the killer rabbit did not attack him while he was jogging, otherwise I was going to offer that up as a terrible warning to Nazarbayev).

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Anonymous verity said... 1:16 am

I am shocked. Shocked!

Everyone knows the "killer bunny" threatened Jimmuh Cahdah when he was in his rowing boat with 90m secret service people around him. But some people panic easily.

I see that he has just contributed another few cwt of concrete to Obama's campaign by backing him.

Whatever one thinks of Obama - all of it negative, I trust - he had a distinguished Ivy League career and his wife has degrees from two Ivy League establishments, which she won on grants. So we have the aristocracy of black America cringing from endorsement by the hick white ex-president from Georgia.

The fun never stops.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:36 pm

I was only about 12 at the time. That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it.  



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