2018-04-24 14:37:41 UTC
Umra has had lots of practice at calculating periods of confinement so
here's a question: do you suppose that the Duchess of Cambridge's little
baby boy was induced?
Out here under the previous, populist government, something
terrible would be exposed - millions of dollars of government money
being paid into a project organised by a criminal who ran off with the
lot, thousands of people on the government payroll who don't actually
exist, etc etc etc. The papers and TV would pick up the story and build
it and build it and just at the point where it seemed something had to
break - the government had to collapse, a minister had to be arrested, a
policy would have to be scrapped.........
......a dearly beloved and venerable old actor or tanguista or vedette
would die and the papers and TV would be full of nostalgia and video
clips and the streets would be full of weeping mourners and..
..the whole scandal would be forgotten.
I imagined a government hit team. A black car pulls up outside an
address; four men in black get out and one knocks at the door.
Do you love your country, sir?
We need a small sacrafice from you - pfut, pfut, pfut.
Of course we don't assassinate people to order but can I be blamed
for wondering after the last week's news if somebody rolled up to the
Cambridge's residence, stuck a needle in her ladyship's arm and marched
her off to hospital because, sure enough, all today's front pages have
cute baby pics and, it seems, precious little else.
And could be for quite some time. Thanks to the strike by Air France,
my flight home on Wednesday isn't leaving Wednesday and I've yet to find
out when I will be coming back. One of the beauties of retirement,
however, is that it really doesn't matter :)