Gauleiter

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Gauleiter

(ˈɡaʊˌlaɪtə)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a provincial governor in Germany under Hitler
2. (sometimes not capital) informal a person in a position of petty or local authority who behaves in an overbearing authoritarian manner
[from German, from Gau district + Leiter leader]
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Bizarrely, Thomsonfly on their parish-pump airfield at Coventry are gauleiters in their insistence on a 5kg maximum hand baggage.
The degree of penetration into mainstream national and even local institutions which these gauleiters of the Left were able to achieve is shown by the postscript to this story.
"Our Gauleiters" one OPP director called them; the whole group of them may be convened in the White House for coordination sessions with their OPP comrades.
Conquered by the Teutonic Knights, the ancestors of the hated Baltendeutsche ruling class, Latvia was variously invaded by Gustavus Adolphus's Protestant forces, Napoleon's Grande Armee, by Cossacks, Trotsky's Red Army, Nazi gauleiters, and Soviet commissars, by succeeding waves of White Terror and Red Terror -- all accompanied by mass-executions, deportations, flights into exile.
On 29 May, a Republican aircraft bombed the pocket battleship Deutschland on the high seas, killing 22 sailors outright.(20) Hitler rushed to Berlin from Munich to confer with top Nazis, including Goebbels; Foreign Minister Konstantin von Neurath; Minister of War Werner von Blomberg; Admiral Erich Raeder, commander of the Navy; Goering; Rudolf Hess, deputy to the fuhrer and administrative head of the NSDAP; and most of the gauleiters, or local National Socialist Party administrators.
The TV networks were even worse, demanding signed loyalty oaths from employees and clearances for performers by in-house Gauleiters as well as by outside vigilantes.
G&S simply isn't "cutting edge" enough, darling, for the our imperious arts gauleiters. They complain it is not pushing back the boundaries of musical theatre, as if it were desirable or even possible to do so with satirical comedy and good tunes writtena century ago.
With left-wing gauleiters trumpeting literature's equivalent of liberation theology as the only road to heaven (some still do) and apartheid's faithful regarding writers as the thin edge of revolution's wedge (being banned made more than one mediocre writer's career), esthetics was seen as the ham in the sandwich.
Bartholomew's Day Massacre to Kurt Waldheim, George Orwell's Big Brother (a favorite leitmotif), and Nazi Gauleiters make their appearance as backdrop or actor in Lehman's quest for the right analogy, the single illuminating trope that will encapsulate the organic connection between the de Manian "diehards" and "the institutional ramifications of deconstruction" (132).
To claim that this tactic is undemocratic, leads one to reflect on what actually took place during the run-up to the last referendum of 1997 when the debate was dominated by two of the Government's representatives, namely, Ron Davies, Secretary of State for Wales and his junior minister, Peter Hain, who were acting like a pair of Gauleiters, sometimes cajoling, sometimes bullying people into supporting the Government's line over devolution, which gave the Yes campaign a distinct advantage over supporters of the No crusade.
When did local councils turn from being public servants who accepted it was their duty to remove rubbish and keep our streets clean into bullying, hectoring gauleiters continually thinking of ways to pry, snoop and order us around?