For some reason, Soaring posted the following in a blog comment. It concerns the resignation, on the 18th of March 1911, of the Italian prime minister Luigi Luzatti:
Although a man of first-class financial ability, great honesty and wide culture, he had not the strength of character necessary to lead a government: he showed lack of energy in dealing with opposition and tried to avoid all measures likely to make him unpopular.
I promised to come up with an equivalent to reflect today’s equivalent:
Although a man of fourth-class financial integrity, great manoeuvrability and bunga bunga culture, he had not the brown-nosed flexibility necessary to lead a government: he showed excess of early-day corruption in dealing with opposition and tried to encourage all measures likely to make him richer.
Will that do?