This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. - Cindy Sheehan

There are things worth fighting for. And there are even some worth dying for. But Iraq is not one of them. - James Moore

Marriage is love.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Going Postal

"What kind of man would put a criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter?"

Lord Havelock Vetinari. While he is quite unpopular, like his predecessors, contrary to them Lord Vetinari is disturbingly sane and still alive. He manages this by being equally disliked by all power-wielding groups in the city, but not more than each of these groups dislikes all of the others and by carefully arranging matters so that a reality which includes him as Patrician is slightly better than one which does not. The Assassins' Guild no longer accepts contracts on the Patrician (the price he used to have was the highest ever - one million Ankh-Morpork dollars).

Other reasons for the Patrician's continued rule is his mastery of diplomacy and manipulation of human nature, his distant and menacing air, his everpresent calmness and composure which makes other people ill at ease, his abilities as a listener (often people tell him things simply to fill his silence) and of course his very, very good skills as an Assassin.

Strangely enough, Vetinari has no lust for power. The sole reason for him ruling the city is that he is fiercely loyal to it. He also has no exploitable vices, barring his intense dislike of mime to the extent of outlawing all practice of it within the city walls and subjecting perpetrators to being suspended upside down in a scorpion pit on the walls of which is the inverted notice "Learn the words".

Try it.


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