No, he knew he couldn't so after the incoming tide washed around his feet he told the brown-nosers
"Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings.
He prefers to do his Pilates classes alone, detests brown-nosers
, and can't appreciate some good-natured ribbing at a political roast.
Seeing this, the toadies, sycophants, brown-nosers
and petit bourgeois of the Edwardian era followed his lead and acquired their own Panamas and - lo and behold - a uniform was born.
Petersen is the highest-ranking person I have ever observed to travel anywhere, even down the hall, without a cavalcade of briefcase-holders and brown-nosers
swirling around him.
What hope of survival would any bank have with Akelites and brown-nosers
of the comrade Tof as its directors and top executives?
Another sign of an "all-about-image" office: if you notice that brown-nosers
who aren't necessarily the best at their jobs but who suck up to the managers constantly are getting promoted.
We are still suffering the political consequences of this megalomaniac's folly, even though many of our countrymen have never stopped believing the myth of his greatness that he cultivated during his autocratic rule with the assistance of self-serving brown-nosers
and gullible simpletons.
Big Brother came higher in the grumble list than muggers, while grumpy Brits are also more aggrieved about noisy eaters and brown-nosers
than neighbours from hell and the binge drinking culture.
The slackers take on the brown-nosers
in "Employee of the Month," a spoof of consumerism and competition that's slightly smarter than might be expected for a pic aimed at the Jessica Simpson demographic.
The top ten most annoying things area:1) Cold-callers 2) Caravans 3) Queue-jumpers 4) James Blunt 5) Traffic wardens 6) Tailgaters 7) Brown-nosers
8) Chantelle and Preston 9) Ex-smokers 10) Noisy neighbours Others includea 12) Carol Vorderman 13) Loud mobile-phone users 14) Men in flip-flops 23) Rude shop assistants 24) People who read over your shoulder 25) People who complain they are fat when they are skinny 26) Stepping in dog poo 28) Big Brother 5 34) Novelty ring-tones 40) Running out of loo roll 47) Americans 48) David Blaine 95) Craig David
Don't tell me we haven't got a far higher proportion of brown-nosers
, bandwagon-jumpers, welshers (it's all right: I am Welsh) and general bottom-feeders in our great sport - as well as, paradoxically, a far higher proportion of very decent, honest people - than society as a whole.
To no one's surprise, the budding entrepreneurs and accomplished brown-nosers
who survived the sifting process are an extremely attractive bunch, ages 24 to 34.
Repeat offenders are written out of the script, publicly ridiculed by the party spin doctors and forced into rearguard actions against ambitious brown-nosers
in their own constituencies.
That party-liners, platitude-peddlers, brown-nosers
and bandwagon-jumpers, of which there are still far too many in racing (although there are some fine exceptions), stop profiting from their unprincipled opportunism.
Sorry, the one who sends soldiers to die fighting the Taliban while he fights off brown-nosers
trying to get further up the Cabinet's greasy poll.