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Kevin Myers: Strauss-Kahn is one of those politicians who serve only power and their own craving for it

Kevin Myers

Published 25/05/2011 | 05:00

IS there anyone outside the ruling elite in France who feels a scintilla of sympathy for Dominique Strauss-Kahn? As much of Europe stares glumly into the void, this creature embodies one of the basic divisions in mankind: he is a who, not -- that is, until last week in New York -- a whom. He doeth; others are done unto by such as him. That's it, the story of the human race: Politicians versus The Rest.

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"Fling away ambition," croaked a dying Cardinal Wolsey in Shakespeare's 'Henry VIII'. "By that sin, the angels fell."

Quite so. Peasants used to believe that moths were the souls of fallen angels, though in reality it is politicians who are the seraphim whose souls were destroyed by ambition.

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