Why cleaning up politics is so hard to do – POLITICO

Welcome to Declassified, a weekly column looking at the lighter side of politics.

Sometimes politics gets in the way of having a good time.

Take Boris Johnson, who had to take time out of his busy party schedule to apologize for attending a party in 10 Downing Street – his official residence, remember – he thought it was a work event, an excuse accepted by (checks social media) No one at all.

To be fair to Johnson, who among us didn’t get invited to an event in our private garden of over 100 people saying we had to “make the most of the weather” and didn’t automatically think, “Oh no, not another bloody business meeting!”

The woman in charge of the investigation that will decide whether Johnson and his cohorts are bigger party animals than Keith Moon in the late 1960s is Sue Gray, an employee who has now assumed the kind of power over a country usually reserved for North Korean leaders. She can, if she wants, have her face on the coin by this time next week.

Johnson may wish he had some kind of high pressure washer to make all this go away, but not one from Germany’s Kärcher, who wants politicians to stay away.

Kärcher publicly complained that French politicians used her products as a metaphor for the strict police. Valerie Pecresse, the conservative presidential candidate, said she wants to “get Karcher out of the basement” in order to “clean up neighborhoods” and “restore order to the streets.”

Similar statements about Karcher products have been made in every French presidential election campaign since 2005, and we can blame them for Nicolas Sarkozy, who was then interior minister before he became president and then a former president to shame and who is currently under house arrest (aren’t we all) under house arrest these days? , except for Boris Johnson and his cohorts?) due to illegal campaign financing.

Karcher is angry, saying that this kind of behavior wouldn’t wash out and he’s tired of cleaning up the mess left by politicians. No, wait – it will wash up and clean up the mess but Pécresse’s comments were “inappropriate” and are in fact “intended to clean up” not to eradicate crime. Glad they told us.

What a missed opportunity to position the product. Imagine the future The Presidency of Pécresse, in which the National Gendarmerie is taken care of Karcher?

A backed policy can really be the way forward. Britain’s Conservative Party could “bring you to Eco Falls Pinot Grigio.” The Hungarian government may already be there: Viktor Orban’s Facebook page this week featured a photo of him wearing stockings emblazoned with the nuclear logo. Too toxic?

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Novak Djokovic (left) told Australian media: “Ivermectin has never hurt me.”

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Paul Dalison is Politico‘s news editor slot.

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Thanks for all the entries. Here’s the best from our postal bag (no prize except for the gift of laughter, which I think we all agree is far more valuable than cash or booze).

“At least this kind of gift from the East would not involve US sanctions” by Glenn Blunt.

Paul Dalison is Politico‘s news editor slot.


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