A motley crew re-run Sir Winston Churchill's funeral procession on the Thames. Photo credit: diamond geezer / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND
Sir Winston Churchill was a hero of his time, a giant among men, and Britain’s loved Second World War leader.
But wouldn’t Sir Winston have thought re-running his funeral cortege, complete with barge down the Thames and BBC obsequious hushed tones pretty ridiculous?
Men in red knickerbockers and a shivering quintet of choristers as well as a posse of media snappers in jeans, under a barbecue-style sun canopy, had none of the gravitas of the 1965 ceremony.
What next, closing the M1 for a replay of Diana’s last journey, complete with wailing women throwing wilting flowers onto a hearse windscreen, or maybe Lady Thatcher’s OTT send-off with Chelsea Pensioners waving plastic union flags?
And while we’re talking about ridiculous things… was there ever anyone as brazen as the spoiled and idle Yorks?
Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Photo credit: Burns Library, Boston College / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND
Andy and Fergie have bought themselves a ritzy Swiss chalet.
And I don’t mean the sort of chalet bungalow that we plebs aspired to in the 1980s – but a lavish £13m affair with a swimming pool, seven bedrooms and a living room full of antiques.
Trotting round the world fronting up British business and the family firm must be a well paid sinecure.
Surprised that his mum hasn’t had a word and suggested that when her subjects are having a hard time making ends meet and using food banks it doesn’t look good to be splashing out on a luxury lifestyle.
If my son had the sort of income that enabled him to buy a £13m Swiss chalet I’d want to know where he got the money from. Is he paying an economic rent for his billet in London? I think we should be told.
These two are the best advert for a republic that I can think of.