I had a post, almost ready, about Theresa May announcing she was going to stand down as leader of the Conservative Party – she had come to the realisation that it was impossible for her to deliver Brexit.
(Alas – I like her.)
And about Trump’s state visit (Mrs May will still be in office as Prime Minister for that), and how he is bringing four of his five children (Barron is only 13 and that seems to exclude him), and their spouses, along to the banquet that the Queen is having on the day of his (their) arrival – and how the Duke of Sussex (Harry – the Duchess, Meghan, is still on maternity leave) is going to that now, when he wasn’t before, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Katherine), ostensibly to help welcome the extra guests – would Trump take what I’ve said there as fake news? It is only what I gather from the paper.
And Trump said, before his last visit, that he didn’t want to meet Prince Charles because he didn’t want a lecture on the environment. Well, Charles is going to be there, and the Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla) – and they will give an afternoon tea for Mr Trump and Melania, though it looks as though the sons and daughters and their spouses won’t be going to that.
Well, the Queen is 93, and the Prince of Wales is taking up more and more duties – the newspaper said it was practice for him, as King in waiting.
No. The Duke of Edinburgh has not been mentioned at all in the news with regard to this – he will appear or not as he feels, since he is retired now.
What a good consort he always was – standing those few feet behind the Queen at all times, which is a sign of respect for who the Queen is, after all! It was often remarked, when I was a child, how few other men would take that position with their wives – that he willingly took (but I’m going back many decades in memory now).
I do hope Trump and family remember to bow or curtsy to the Queen this time, which he and Melania didn’t last time (I was watching it, the arrival, live – they cut that from the later news – edited it in a way so that it wasn’t noticeable – that was fake news). Oh – she had to wave him to the side, also, as he strode on ahead, oblivious, inspecting the – guard or whatever it was – I’m no expert (but if I met the Queen, I would curtsy – I’m no republican).
And I wrote something less than complimentary about Corbyn (I can’t stand him), and assured you, dear readers, that – no, I wouldn’t be put into the Tower (of London) for speaking my mind (saying he was sleazy, and slimy), though it isn’t only me who has noticed that we seem to be able to speak our minds less and less, in some areas, these days.
In my opinion, that was her biggest mistake – Mrs May – talking to Corbyn in that last-ditch effort to keep her deal on some sort of tracks – giving him too much (a second referendum and a customs union), as far as many of her colleagues were concerned – it was too much for them, and set off that final visit of the men in grey suits – but not enough, in the end, for Corbyn himself, who declined to vote the deal through, after all.
And so he divides and conquers, as he is able. He’s a rat.
And I said that – if I’d seriously been going to report all this, I should have done it some days ago – the news has moved on already.
But I am not a journalist.