Elections are a Western jerk-off. Preempt them, get your man in place, give the People a fair slice of the cake for once, and let peace break out.
Note: This jaded view--does Le Carré share it?
Powerful speeches can bring resentment in their wake. The more an audience has been carried away, the harder it struggles to get back to shore.
Note: On the downside of powerful speeches.
they flipped for hours on end, hoping someone like me will
Note: wrong tense
they won’t get a chance like this for a generation. In
Note: This story is boring!