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Czar vs Tsar

I see the beleaguered Gordon Brown has now followed the Obama path and introduced to British government the concept of “czars” — or, as he spells it (presumably to avoid confusion at the first G7 czar summit) “tsars.” Mr. Brown has made Alan Sugar Britain’s “Enterprise Tsar” — or, as Jonah would say, the head of the Tsar Ship Enterprise.

Sir Alan hosts the British version of the TV show The Apprentice, so this is a bit like Obama making Donald Trump Beauty Czar.

On the matter of tsar or czar, maybe we need a U.N. Spelling Cztsar. What variations will be left for the Canucks and Aussies when they embrace the czarist model? My old friend Emma Freud used to sing with a magician called the Great Xar, seen here swallowing razor blades, which seems to be the fate the Labour party’s lining up for Gordon Brown before the weekend’s out.

PS Where is America’s female czar? We’re crying out for a wise Czarina.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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