Bloody media types. Did anybody else see the adverts for 'Ten days that made the Queen' on Channel Four which show the tears running down an old lady's face at a memorial service? Someone who has kept much of their persona private for so long must have a strong sense of privacy. I can only imagine the triumph of the photographer who managed to zoom in and intrude upon the Queen's grief and get a nice emotional picture to splash all over the newspapers, proving that she is as emotionally vulnerable as all of us. Surprise, surprise. The rights of the media are clearly greater than those of any individual in this country and will continue to be so as long as people buy the publications that are so intrusive. Hooray for rule by mob!
On a lighter note, Ms Rice has announced that all the options are on the table (nothing new there) including a coalition of the willing similar to the one which dealt so effectively with the WMD's in Iraq . Apparently several countries are considering how to deal with the threat from Iran on their own terms. Given the fact that both Spain and Italy are now under considerably less willing centre-left rule, I imagine she must be referring to perhaps hitherto ignored uproar in Nigeria and Kasachstan on the issue and am pleased to see Ms Rice giving the less prominent countries of the world a voice. Incidentally I have heard that Luxemburg might be willing to lend a lightbulb to the endeavour so they should definitely be signed up. I am curious though about when it was decided that Iran was next. Before or after the decision to invade Iraq? Or maybe the leaders who signed up to Iraq signed a very long document with extensive small print concerning surrounding countries? Perhaps when Iraq was on the table, Iran was already lurking under the table?
I have to say that I would be interested to see what else is lying around on that table as we speak. The table I picture is a beautiful long conference table and I imagine that there is room for plenty of other little projects on its shiny expanse.Should they run out of room they can always use the empty seats vacated by fleeing neo-cons in their rush to jump ship.