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A con artist is a person adept at cajolery, or glib self-serving talk as well as lying. We have a con artist in our midst. For months he is no longer in government. His stand on the political front has been a total empty barrel. He has been beating drums to rally support in his bid to become prime minister. This is his most urgent, pressing, greedy ambition. The more he beats the drums the more he sees the chances of achieving what he considers to be his anointed right in the manner of kings and queens slipping away fast. Opinion polls after opinion polls see him trailing far behind politicians like Navin Ramgoolam, Arvin Boolell, Xavier Duval and Paul Bérenger. How he will save the country from the destruction that Labour has allegedly wrought on Mauritius is yet to be seen.