Whether it’s Barack Obama leading the USA over the fiscal cliff or Julius Malema leading the youth of South Africa astray, the alpha dogs of politics obviously play an important role in shaping the future of a country.
Recently many questions have been posed about both the value and the values of political leaders. Just last week, ex-Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi pitched up uninvited at a commemoration ceremony of Nazi Holocaust victims and made a comment favouring Mussolini. In the USA, John Kerry who bored the world with his presidential campaign against Pretzel Bush has now taken over from Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
Perhaps Kerry’s sedative manner can finally help resolve some of the conflict in the Middle East. In Egypt, clashes between opponents of the country’s current Islamist regime and security forces spiraled out of control leading to dozens more dead. President Muhammad Morsi urged to kick off a “national dialogue”.
Moving to Asia, it recently came to light that about a third of Indian members of parliament are facing criminal charges ranging from corruption and fraud to murder. This month, the Singaporean ruling party suffered an uncharacteristic defeat in their local by-election. Rumour has it that they are currently consulting with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa about how they might best reach their target of 30% population growth by 2030.
Interestingly enough, googling Jacob Zuma news this week reveals a rather telling story about the brand of South African leadership. Instead of results about foreign policy or the plan of attack against rampant crime and unemployment the BBC’s top listing reads “South Africa’s Jacob Zuma in dog ownership row“. This follows the rather clever comment Mr Zuma made about ‘owning dogs as pets’ as not being a black thing late last year.
South Africans are also no doubt missing their beloved youth leader Juju, Julius Malema who has been completely sidelined by both the ANC and the media recently. Statistix South Africa reported a massive increase in clinical depression as the small percentage of employed people in the country found themselves grasping at straws when looking for new conversation topics around the water-cooler.
In honour of world leaders, Wonkie decided it would be appropriate to have this follow the leader photo caption challenge this week. As with all the photo caption contest posts, readers are welcome to submit more than one caption but are requested to PLEASE submit all their entries in ONE comment (you can number them within your comment).
The funniest responder to this week’s challenge will win a new design Wonkie t-shirt… Wonkie looks forward to checking out your clever caption entries!
The Follow the Leader photo caption challenge ends on Monday, 11th February 2013, after which the winning entry will be published online and the t-shirt prize awarded… so put on your thinking caps and enjoy the week ahead!
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