…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
“Can you believe this? He’s going to remain a cabinet minister and at the same time be mayor.”
“Which days do we get?” Brunetti asked. “Monday, Wednesday, and Friday? And the government in Rome gets Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday?” He took a sip and said, “Any sane person would think this an insult, both to the nation and to the city.”
She shrugged. “Didn’t the last one keep his job in Brussels and his university teaching job?” she asked.
“We are ruled by a race of heroes,” Brunetti declared, reaching to open the refrigerator.
And one of Australia’s many heroes – currently a professor at Macquarie University; the chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council, an international climate change awareness group; a member of the World Future Council; the Panasonic Chair in Environmental Sustainability, Macquarie University; an actor; a climate forecaster; a future reader and the Chief Commissioner of the Climate Commission . All that he manages between making advertisements for Toyota, Panasonic and Carbon Tax and the environmental “documentaries” for the Government propaganda TV Channel, ABC. He is none other than Timothy Fridtjof Flannery, whose name the future generations (if any) of Australians will undoubtedly not forget easily.
“Do you think drinking the whole bottle quickly will make them all go away?” she asked, emptying her glass and holding it out.
He poured, waited, poured, then said, “Only for a while, and then they’ll all come back, like cockroaches, but we’ll at least be able to look at them through the bubbles of champagne.”
In quite a conversational voice, she asked, “Do you think there are any people on earth who despise their politicians as much as we do?” (Donna Leon – Drawing Conclusions / William Heinemann 2011)