Saturday, May 19, 2012
Royal News Roundup
This is not the first time this sort of thing has happened. At the instruction of the government in 1981 the King and Queen of Spain declined to attend the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana when it was announced that they would start their honeymoon in Gibraltar. The important thing to keep in mind is that, despite the sensationalist headlines of many newspapers, the Spanish royals did not “snub” the British monarch. The King was unable to attend and the Queen would have been more than happy to but was forbidden by the government. It was not her decision. There has also, sadly not surprisingly, been some moaning and groaning over the presence of the King of Bahrain and the King of Swaziland. The King of Bahrain has become a recent focus for feigned liberal outrage after he used firm measures to suppress riots during the so-called “Arab Spring” and the King of Swaziland is constantly being criticized by pro-democracy groups as the last absolute monarch on the continent of Africa. Funny how these “principled” defenders of democracy roar like lions when dealing with tiny tribal states like Bahrain or Swaziland but make barely a peep about the People’s Republic of China. Funny how they’re principles seem to stop when the country in question has a million-man army, the bomb and holds a great deal of the rest of the world’s debt. After all, how could so many countries maintain their lavish welfare states without China to borrow from?