In his brilliant new book Who Enters Politics and Why?, academic James Weinberg provides possibly the most sophisticated analysis of why some people decide to stand for office and others don’t. His research discovers that when it comes to their basic human values, politicians really are “different”. Having spent the summer reading just about every biography, book, article and blog ever written about Boris Johnson, I’ve come to the conclusion that he may well be “very different” to your average and already quite “different” politician.

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这个领域的创新速度非常快。自从Fitbit于2008年成立以来,各家公司已经发布了五到六个完全不同的产品。三星(Samsung)则在九个月内发布了可穿戴设备Galaxy Gear的三到四个衍生产品。索尼(Sony)、Pebble、谷歌和Facebook的头戴式虚拟现实设备Oculus Rift也紧随其后。

Need to please

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It is almost impossible to read books like Andrew Gimson’s 展会的红木家具购买需谨慎 猫腻太多 or Sonia Purnell’s Just Boris and not come away with the distinctive feeling that Boris is in fact an incredibly vulnerable chap whose confidence and cheeky chutzpah veils a deeper and quite profound sense of insecurity.

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The flip-side is the ferocity with which those who understand the reality of politics seek to rip away Johnson’s mask. As Matthew Parris, himself a former Conservative MP, wrote in The Times:

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但是美国加州公务员退休基金(Calpers)的高级投资组合经理兼全球治理主管安妮?辛普森(Anne Simpson)却相信,库克的道德立场不仅仅是种姿态。她说:“他对作秀技巧的漠视自有其魅力。蒂姆?库克将苹果这种优雅和卓越的理念应用到这些新的领域。”加州公务员退休基金是苹果的重要股东。

Normal is not an option

Heading into the winter and with coronavirus cases rising, it’s ridiculous that Boris recently hinted that restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather in one place could be relaxed for Christmas. Asked if families of five would not be allowed to have their grandparents over for Christmas because it would break the “rule of six”, the prime Minister told ITV, “We’re not saying that at all … We’re doing everything we can to make sure Christmas for everybody is as normal as possible”.

While other ministers try and hold the line Johnson cannot resist the pressure to please.

Johnson has played this card before. Back in July he spoke of plans for “a significant return to normality” by Christmas. But with less than 80 days to go and the challenges of “containing and controlling” the virus becoming clearer, maybe the time has come for a slightly different message.

Christmas 2020 is not going to be normal. Even if a vaccine has been discovered or the virus is somehow subdued, the immediate economic impact on those that have lost their jobs or businesses will not disappear. Even Johnson’s admission that “it’s going to continue to be bumpy through to Christmas, it may even be bumpy beyond” fails to capture the scale of the challenge.

Politics is all about the careful 引导规范房企境外发债资金投向 but when it comes to COVID-19 and Christmas, Johnson may be well advised to dampen down rather than talk up the public’s festive thoughts about enjoying a “normal” Christmas.

You might think that our love of lists could be pinned on the Ten Commandments, but Umberto Eco says otherwise. “The list is the origin of the culture,” he once said on a subject he knows well, having written a book titled “The Infinity of Lists.” And culture wants “to make infinity comprehensible” and “to create order — not always, but often,” hence Homer’s catalogs in “The Iliad” and the roll call of never-completed household chores on my fridge. “We like lists because we don’t want to die,” Mr. Eco also said, which is the best explanation of the listicle that I’ve yet read.
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