It had the effect of maintaining Ceaucescu in a bubble, the kind of hermetic world where he assumed everyone loved him and his prowess as a hunter was indisputable. It was a delusion. Such a delusion that when the end came, he was a confused old man who was genuinely astonished that his loving subjects wanted him executed.
And so it was that Tessa Jowell was similarly maintained in a bubble of warmth and joy when she was scheduled to go on a meet and greet at a motorway services.
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This is from a very revealing piece in The Mail, which I was alerted to via the Spectator.
The same piece contains an interesting insight into the bonhomie and lighter side (not) of the Prime Mentalist, with the startling claim that he is "Bonkers".
Heaven forbid these idiots ever stray into reality.
As an addition to this post, here is a definition of Hebephrenic Schizophrenia:
A form of schizophrenia in which affective changes are prominent, delusions and hallucinations fleeting and fragmentary, behaviour irresponsible and unpredictable, and mannerisms common. The mood is shallow and inappropirate and often accompanied by giggling or self-satisfied, self-absorbed smiling, or by a lofty manner, grimaces, mannerisms, pranks, hypochondriacal complaints, and reiterated phrases. Thought is disorganized and speech rambling and incoherent. There is a tendency to remain solitary, and behaviour seems empty of purpose and feeling. This form of schizphrenia usually starts between the ages of 15 and 25 years and tends to have a poor prognosis because of the rapid development of "negative" symptoms, particularly flattening of affect and loss of volition.
In addition, disturbances of affect and volition, and thought disorder are usually prominent. Hallucinations and delusions may be present but are not usually prominent. Drive and determination are lost and goals abandoned, so that the patient's behaviour becomes characteristically aimless and empty of purpose. A superficial and manneristic preoccupation with religion, philosophy, and other abstract themes may add to the listener's difficulty in following the train of thought.
Do you know, I don't think there is one word of that definition that could not reasonably be applied to Gordon Brown, as presented and reported. I particularly recall the Dan Hannan Video, (there is a brief cutaway towards the end) in this respect and Brown's own disastrous You Tube appearance.