When Adlai Stevenson, a Democratic party candidate, was on the US presidential campaign trail in the 1950s, a supporter reportedly shouted at him that “every right-thinking person will be voting for you”. His response was telling: “Madam, that’s not enough. I need a majority.”

Stevenson’s response bears relevance now, especially for SA, a country that is about to be pestered by hordes of politicians seeking the voters’ hands in marriage. As is often the case during the political silly season, there’s nothing they won’t do, or say, to get noticed. They will hug and kiss witches if they must, offering to buy them new broomsticks in return for votes...

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