Enough! Teach these useless politicians a lesson at the polls! Vote them out! If you’re 14 years old, or Swedish, these sound like good suggestions. If you’re very young, or very Scandinavian, and you still believe that being in government is the same as being a leader, or that politics and organised crime are different things, then they might even sound like solutions. If, however, you’re older than 14 and live in SA, then they sound like what they are: straws being clutched at by a country circling what might be a drain. Last week, when The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal wrote us up and wrote us off, straws were being clutched by the armful. Which was a pity, because in so doing we missed yet another opportunity to ask ourselves why we keep shooting ourselves in the foot and then getting all upset that we’re missing toes. "Teach these useless politicians a lesson at the polls"? Which lesson, exactly, would that be? Because we’ve taught them a couple already.Like the on...

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