February 28, 2011
OUR DICTATOR-FRIENDLY POLITICAL CLASS: Saif Qaddafi’s connections with the British establishment are typical of the links between wealthy dictators and Western politicians. “Money, even foreign money (and particularly that Saudi money), has always been able to buy access to Western statesmen. But in the last decade or so, the proportions have subtly shifted. The democratic West has become relatively poorer, while a clutch of undemocratic ’emerging’ markets have become richer.” Which, coincidentally, is in no small part the result of our political class’s policies. Also, note the appearance of Frank Wisner. I’m surprised Benjamin Barber didn’t get a mention.