Grammar: Keep

Fiorello Mancini is a good man, and a bit unusual. He is a politician, and he has kept his promises. He is very careful about what he promises, and he likes to be as open as he can. 'I've kept very few secrets,' he says, 'because secrets are heavy and dangerous.'

Politics is very difficult and even more difficult if you are open and haven't kept secrets.

'I've kept alive in politics because I've kept enough friends who need to help me, and I've never kept quiet. Quiet politicians are forgotten.' By doing these things, he has kept up with the other politicians who are less honest than he is.