Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Art imitating life, or what?

Art imitating life, or life imitating art? One of the recurring storylines in Garry Trudeau’s wickedly mischievous comic strip Doonesbury concerns the vile Washington-based father-and-son lobbyists Duke and Earl, whose clients include President Bmzklfrpz, the totalitarian ruler of a central Asian republic called Berzerkistan.

Can it be entirely coincidental that Aleksander Lukashenko, the Soviet-style despot who rules the wretched republic of Belarus with an iron hand, has retained the services of British spin doctor Lord Tim Bell, the ex-Saatchis ad man who once advised Margaret Thatcher, to tart up his unfortunate image and attract foreign investment?

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