From your Royal Correspondent
+A handful of people have been a little less respectful during these recent proceedings than perhaps was wise—shouting anti-monarchist views in the middle of crowds turning out for the late Queen’s commemorations is somewhat brave, perhaps to the point of recklessness. Thankfully, we live in a free country so the police were free to manhandle the protesters away, some in handcuffs. One man in Edinburgh today shouted at Prince Andrew words to the effect that he was a ‘sick old man.’ Steady on with the ‘old’ I would say, Andrew’s only 58 or thereabouts. That’s not old these days. For some reason Andrew had to follow the cortege up the Royal Mile wearing civvies. This for him is nakedness indeed. Stripped of his honorary military titles, I am sure he could still have worn the uniform of the earned rank which he departed the Royal Navy with—apparently a Commander (which surely comes with a bit of gold braid). Clearly, since the Queen is dead, Andrew’s instructions have been given to him by his brother, the King (God Save The King!). Such momentous decisions are Charles’ new domain, never mind saving the planet. Poor old Andrew, he was stupid enough to do actual active military service and look where it got him!
+I’ve been advised that former members of parliament, should they wish to pay their respects to Her Majesty lying in state in Westminster Hall will have to queue up like everybody else. Hacks at the Daily Mail/Telegraph/Daily Express take note! How can you make a story out of this? Perhaps something on the lines of former MPs ‘shown the door.’ In the current dredging around for fatuous stories, I’m sure this could run for at least an hour or two.
+Meanwhile, back in Edinburgh the First Minister read from Ecclesiastes in her contribution to the thanksgiving service in St Giles Cathedral, including the words ’A time to kill . . ’ She just won’t let go, will she? Poor old Alex Salmond. But generally speaking, a time to kill? Does she think it just means killing time?