THE SCRUTINEER

BERNIE, THE JULIUS CAESAR OF F1

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This, Bernard, is some­thing up with which I will not put!

While my own gast was well and truly ab­bered, word reaches me that in the chilly cor­ri­dors of Prince’s Gate (you re­ally should have got that glass door xed; still, I sup­pose that ship has now sailed), this re-en­act­ment of the mort­ing of Julius Caesar has been an­tic­i­pated and pre­pared for by some of your more Machi­avel­lian func­tionar­ies, who have been qui­etly em­pire-build­ing while they wait for Chair­man Chase to swing the axe. Or should that be ‘thrust the knife’? I re­ally should get my lit­er­ary al­lu­sions to agree with one another, shouldn’t I?

If mem­ory serves, it was Caesar’s ap­point­ment as dic­ta­tor per­petuo that kicked off all that nas­ti­ness on the Yuji Ides of March. As in your case, he was laid low by a com­ing-to­gether of pre­vi­ously sub­mis­sive dig­ni­taries, who, on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis, didn’t dare at­tend to their daily ablu­tions with­out his say-so. Seems that while the Lib­erty Me­dia folk were go­ing about their due dil on the F1 busi­ness, and can­vass­ing opin­ions from the other stake­hold­ers on how to ‘take the busi­ness for­ward’ (dread phrase!), a num­ber of those be­ing can­vassed took the op­por­tu­nity to whis­per that things might be bet­ter with some­one else’s hands on the steer­ing wheel.

Such in­grat­i­tude! Still, you can draw some suc­cour from the fact that Julius man­aged only a few years in the top job be­fore the sen­a­tors got ter­mi­nally up­pity, while you’ve been di­vidin­gand-rul­ing for the best part of forty. Some se­nior burghers of the fourth es­tate have been pre­dict­ing your down­fall on a reg­u­lar ba­sis for what feels like the best part of that, and are now giv­ing them­selves gen­er­ous pats on the back on ac­count of their sagac­ity. Bet a busted clock wishes it could do the same for be­ing bang on time twice a day, what?

One inky-ngered cove pal­pa­bly not do­ing the ‘I was right’ dance, I ob­serve, is your pre­ferred me­dia out­let. Poor fel­low has had to slam the brakes on all those news sto­ries pre­dict­ing that the Lib­erty takeover wouldn’t hap­pen. Last seen bark­ing at sundry dis­senters on so­cial me­dia while hurl­ing fresh or­dure at the Lib­erty band­wagon as it rolls into the dis­tance. I nd the web­site in ques­tion a rich source of be­muse­ment, es­pe­cially when one reaches the ‘From around the Web’ sec­tion at the bot­tom of the page, wherein one is in­formed that “Hair­dressers in Chip­ping Nor­ton don’t want you to know this” and what­not. Is this the root of your aver­sion to dig­i­tal me­dia, Bernard? Some­how I can’t imag­ine you giv­ing a g about pro­vin­cial crimpers and their sup­posed trade se­crets.

As to your new ti­tle of ‘chair­man emer­i­tus’, I un­der­stand this is some­thing that aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions and Amer­i­can cor­po­ra­tions be­stow upon folk who show no in­cli­na­tion to sail off into the sun­set af­ter a life­time of ser­vice, and there­fore need to have the gold watch forcibly clamped to their wrist be­fore se­cu­rity is sum­monsed to es­cort them to the door. I hope for Chair­man Chase’s sake it’s not a re­volv­ing door, since you have form there, and might con­trive to have it eject you back into the foyer! Here, Bernard, we are very much broth­ers in arms, for I am im­mi­nently to be­come ‘colum­nist emer­i­tus’, in or­der that some­thing of greater merit(us) can oc­cupy the off-ramp of this au­gust ti­tle from next month on­wards. Per­haps we should form a break­away se­ries? Just an idea.

Ap­par­ently, cometh the clear-out at Prince’s Gate, the Yanks want to keep you sort-of around so that they can ‘con­sult’ with you. One won­ders if this is the old keep-yourfriends-close-but-keep-your-en­e­mies-closer rou­tine. Still, I know what your re­sponse will be – con­sult the hand, ’cos the face ain’t lis­ten­ing any more!

Yours, re­gard­ing the an­nu­ity rates with a rheumy eye,

Ap­par­ently, cometh the clear-out at Prince’s Gate, the Yanks want to keep you sort-of around so that they can ‘con­sult’ with you “You can draw suc­cour from the fact Julius man­aged only a few years in the top job be­fore the sen­a­tors got ter­mi­nally up­pity, while you’ve been di­vid­ing-and-rul­ing for the best part of forty”

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