Ichiro Ozawa, the opposition Democratic Party leader many people think of as a prospective prime minister, is beginning to look like a man of straw
. He could conceivably shake off allegations that he received corporate donations in breach of campaign financing law.
We have the incompetent and non-charismatic Boredom Brown, the young shaver (never had a job) Milibean, Harperson the hater of all thingsmale, the original man of straw
Jack (never had a backbone), that home secretary woman whowill never get a grip on crime, the other Milibean (also never had a proper job).
In conclusion, I have to recall one of my favourite childhood movies, The Wizard of Oz (1939), in which Dorothy, the young heroine from Kansas, is transported to the fantastic Land of Oz where she meets the Scarecrow, a man of straw
in search of a brain.
What we have seen is a man of straw
battling with no policies and no vision, particularly for the future of the North.
Edwards's Carlo was a man of straw
. He was a shallow, egocentric usurer, who, when things got rough, would whimper, squirm, and ask others to carry the can for his transgressions.
The crowd hugged and danced and cheered and mocked on that May night of drink and song, as the scowling man of straw
with the funny moustache twisted, crumpled, and finally vanished into the flames.