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Respect the President

11 March 2013, 11:00

So I see our revered comrade President Zuma urges us all to help rebuild the country’s moral fibre. Very laudable reverend comrade president sir, very laudable indeed.

But a question now poses itself; how does one actually do that? How do I go about rebuilding my own personal moral fibre? Maybe, as our fearless leader, you can show the way? And if, by some strange confluence of cosmic forces utterly beyond your control you are, yourself, unable to provide anything but a shady sort of moral ambiguity, may I suggest having a look at the example set by one José Mujica, President of Uruguay?

The following is an excerpt from a Daily Mail article.

"There is no chance of Uruguayan leader Jose Mujica being caught fiddling his expenses or paying a clever account to avoid taxes - he barely claims a salary.

The charismatic 77-year-old has refused to adapt his lifestyle to embrace the trappings of power that come with being the country's figurehead.

Turning down the invitation to live at a luxurious grace and favour residence owned by the state, he instead continues to reside at his ramshackle farm situated a few miles away from the country's capital city of Montevideo.

The only sign the country's leader is at home are the pair of police officers who stand guard at the end of his heavily tractor-rutted dirt track.

Mr Mujica gives 90 per cent of his monthly salary, the equivalent of £7,500, away to charity leaving him with just £485 a month to live off.

The part-time farmer's proudest and most valuable possessions are his tired-looking Volkswagen Beetle and his three-legged dog Manuela.

Water comes from a well which is surrounded by overgrown weeds and the laundry goes not in a tumble dryer but on the washing line outside.

He says he has all he needs and that material wealth does not buy happiness.

Speaking to the BBC he said: 'I'm called 'the poorest president', but I don't feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more,' he says.

'This is a matter of freedom. If you don't have many possessions then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself,' he says.

'I may appear to be an eccentric old man... But this is a free choice.' "

Wow, not even St. Mandela could claim he was as selfless as this chap.

Talk about moral fibre eh, President Zoomer? You do half the staff this bloke does and then we can talk about what’s wrong with my moral fibre, mmmmmkay?

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