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Welcome to Declassified, a weekly column looking at the lighter side of politics.
“With great power comes great responsibility.” So said Chomsky, Churchill and, most importantly, Peter Parker’s uncle Ben in Spider-Man.
But power also comes with the ability to impress your friends and boss around ordinary people.
That’s what the mayor of Warsaw has been accused of doing after a video emerged of him telling DJs at a nightclub to change the music because “it’s my city.”
Rafał Trzaskowski, who ran an unsuccessful bid for the presidency this year, was attending a friend’s birthday party at a trendy nightspot when he demanded they “play something more danceable.”
And it wasn’t something current like “Don’t start now” by Dua Lipa or even Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” (POLITICO house style is to spell out acronyms on first reference, but maybe not on this occasion). No, it was jazz-funkers Jamiroquai (when did this happen, 1994?). “It’s virtual insanity,” a spokesperson for Jamiroquai didn’t tell POLITICO.
Speaking of using your influence to help your mates, Boris Johnson has been criticized for his coronavirus “rule of six” measure that limits the number of people Brits can come into close contact with (bad news for the Magnificent Seven, Snow White’s mates and Shed Seven). That’s because the government exempted grouse shooting and other hunting with guns from the restrictions.
It turns out hunting and shooting groups can continue to hold gatherings of up to 30 people because of a loophole that permits licensed “outdoor activity.” And it gets worse because,