Monday 22 January 2018

'All great leaders are mad'

Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

It is presumably only a matter of time before someone does an Anglo take on that famous, much parodied scene from Downfall. The more we learn about the last days of Anglo, the more it begins to resemble the final days of Hitler's bunker, from the denial as their world crashes down around them, down to the lilting plaintive tones of Deutschland Uber Alles.

As in all great crises, a Great Leader emerges. In this case, that Great Leader was David Drumm. Like all great leaders and cultural icons, from Hitler to Madonna, he went by a one-word name – Drummer. Indeed, in today's instalment of the dispatches from inside the bunker, Drummer places himself firmly in the pantheon of the immortals. "Did you not know all great leaders are mad?" he says, qualifying it by saying that "you'd want to be mad to do this job". Clearly, you didn't need to be mad to work in Anglo, but it helped.

In mentioning about how you'd want to be mad – that he was bearing, against his will but for the good of mankind, the burden of his role in history – Drummer is showing that he viewed himself as one of those leaders who had greatness thrust on him. Cometh the man, cometh the hour.

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