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Power behind throne?

Posted by David FG on January 06, 2005

In Reply to: Power behind throne? posted by Henry on January 06, 2005

: : What is the current English equivalent of the French "éminence grise"? The power behind the throne? A gray emminence? An "éminence grise" implies the existence of whom? The figure-head? The straw man?
: : Finally, can anyone give an actual example of such an association in the modern polotical scenario: a "éminence grise" and a figure-head performing together?
: : Thanks.
: : Jose Carlos

: Grey suits

éminence grise is a very well-known phrase, certainly in the UK.

An example from (fairly) recently might be Prime Minister Tony Blair and his ex-'Special Adviser' Alastair Campbell.


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