The rules about not speaking ill of the dead are increasingly suspended. Most posthumous remarks about Fidel Castro this week tell us more about the speaker than the Cuban leader. The venom of much of the recent Presidential election remains
A colleague of many years once told me how Fidel assembled his closest followers into a room shortly after he seized power, and then dished out posts as best he could. I remember it was someone with a passing understanding of finance who had to take control over the central bank.
Castro has fascinated me as being one of two cuban leaders whose names appear at the top of lists when charisma is being discussed. The other is, of course Che Guevara.
I wrote a light-hearted piece about The Castro Charismatic Scale, at the time of the 2015 Labour leadership election. The idea for students of leadership was to show how dubious it is to believe in such league tables.
Based on impact on his or her followers, Jeremy Corbyn came somewhere towards the middle of the list, ahead of the other candidates.
To Eagle-eyed Susan, the first to spot my bungled spelling of Mr Corbyn (now corrected).