Jul 042014
Jose Disclosure Gesture141

So Uruguay are out and Luis Suarez has got a four month ban from FIFA which is the harshest punishment ever handed out in World Cup history. Uruguay President (79) Jose Mujica has called it a fascist ban by “a bunch of old sons of bitches”.

The president was at a reception for the Uruguay team shortly after the players had come home. He made the remark live on state TV, and it is really worth watching (the picture is blurred but I didn’t say anything about transparancy).

Watch especially for the gesture Jose makes straight after his “a bunch of old sons of bitches” remark. The great old man, former guerrilla fighter, hero of the people immediately covers his mouth as if to say – Pardon me, I wish I hadn’t said that.

The disclosure gesture is quickly followed by rat-a-tat-tat exchange: the journalists surrounding the president ask, Do you want to change your remarks? Jose weaves in and out of camera.

It is as if he is pretending for a moment making – I wish I hadn’t been caught saying that joke. Turn off the cameras? Pull the shutters down? No chance! Don’t spoil the joke.

“Publicada so!” he says in the gentle high pitched voice of a kindly old man.

Publish it!  then there is his smiling Agnes on hand to add a few loving words about “eternal shame”. What fun they seem to be having! Make no exceptions, and, as I’ve said before, I wish Jose Mujica was OUR Head of State.

I think that is the end of the matter for now.