As Ireland displays its independence, what of the other island that hangs off the western coast of Europe? What is happening there per chance?
With the Irish no vote, Prime Minister Gordon Brown is facing greater pressure to have a popular referendum on Lisbon instead of having Parliament approving the arcane and obtuse document. Time will tell if Brown will do that. With Ireland's no vote, Lisbon is already dead; so Gordon has nothing to lose by letting Her Royal Majesty's subjects vote on whether they want to be subjects to the court of Brussels. So it seems England will have some interesting times ahead politically.
Speaking of the Royals. We have yet another example of what a milquetoast Prince Charles is. The lady who has been his private secretary is being packed off to the country by the end of the year. Elizabeth Buchanan, who started out working for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has ably served by Prince Charles' side since 1998. What emerges also from this article is how petty and insecure the Duchess of Cornwallis is. And Charles, instead of proving he wears the striped pants in the family, is allowing Ms Buchanan to be packed off to her late father's farm in a scene that reminds one of a Jane Austen novel. Please Queen Elizabeth II set Prince Charles aside, even Prince William is far more preferable than this cuckold old man.
Men like Stephen Beerling deserve a monarch with more steel in his spine than Prince Charles. All Mr. Beerling was doing was minding his own business when he heard screaming coming from outside. Strapping on his artificial leg; the former Royal Navy man called the police, grabbed a truncheon, and went outside to see what was going on. He spied a female neighbor with her baby being harassed by two men and he set about trying to pacify the situation until the police arrived. Soon the Bobbies did arrive and arrested the two men. They also arrested Beerling because he had a truncheon in his pant's pocket. He was tossed in the goal for 12 hours and was facing prosecution. But luckily saner heads prevailed and charges against Beerling were dropped. Alas the charges against the two rowdies were also dropped. So in the end, if I was Mr. Beerling, I would be wondering if getting involved was worth all the hassle.