“At this moment the King, who had been for some time busily writing in his note-book, cackled out `Silence!’ and read out from his book, `Rule Forty-two. All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.’
Everybody looked at Alice.
`I’m not a mile high,’ said Alice.
`You are,’ said the King.
`Nearly two miles high,’ added the Queen.
`Well, I shan’t go, at any rate,’ said Alice: `besides, that’s not a regular rule: you invented it just now.’
`It’s the oldest rule in the book,’ said the King.
`Then it ought to be Number One,’ said Alice.
The King turned pale, and shut his note-book hastily. `Consider your verdict,’ he said to the jury, in a low, trembling voice.”
I am continuously amazed at how the elections in Zimbabwe are progressing (see here). There is now a recount requested in 23 districts, even though the time when that’s allowed passed more than a week ago. Even then, that’s apparently too complex to do until Saturday, even though the first version was managed in a day. Even the red king and queen didn’t take two weeks off before declaring new self-serving rules!
It feels in some way worse to have this mockery of democracy than to be honest and declare it to be an incompetent and corrupt dictatorship.