On Death and Rebirth

29.11.2016 • Emerging Markets

From Tim Price – The Price of Everything (Great Britain) –

“Fidel taught us to read !”

“What did you read ?”

“I read state propaganda and an old cereal box from 1947.”

“And your Dad?”

“He was shot.”

–       Tweet from @charlescwcooke.


“CIA finally kills Fidel Castro using innovative “old age” technique.”

–        Tweet from @_Almaqah.



Has there ever been a year like 2016 ? The gang that couldn’t shoot straight, a.k.a. the CIA, were allegedly behind 638 separate attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro, all of which failed, including the ones involving exploding cigars, but even Castro couldn’t survive 2016.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau inadvertently created his own Twitter trend, #TrudeauEulogies, after issuing a commemorative statement that was a little less than critical of the man Donald Trump described as a “brutal dictator”. Some of our favourites:

“We mourn the death of Vlad the Impaler, who spearheaded initiatives which touched the hearts of millions”;

“It’s with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to the Black Death. Thank you for teaching us to wash our hands, old friend”;

“Today we mourn a constructor. Saudia Arabia’s roads are a testament to Bin Laden’s patronage of infrastructure globally”.

One by one – Brexit; Trump; Castro – old political certainties are being dismantled. The next could be Italy, although describing anything to do with Italian politics as certain is perhaps stretching a point, given the 65 governments the country has endured since 1945.

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