It was Friday afternoon in Mexico City, one of the world’s most traffic-choked capitals. The minister of environmental affairs was caught in the snarled traffic on the road to the airport. Minister Josefa González Blanco was going to miss her flight out of the city to the border town of Mexicali. What is a minister to do in such circumstances? She called a friend who works for the national carrier Aeroméxico, and asked him to ground flight 198 until she got to the airport. He made a call. The flight was taxiing out, about to take off. On receiving the instruction to stay, the pilot announced that the flight had to wait after an order to collect a late passenger. The minister arrived, but by then the news was on Twitter. A passenger took a picture of her boarding the plane and posted it on social media. The flight finally took off, 38 minutes late. Like our new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador came to power last year promising a return to gove...

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