Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Eleven Years Ago Today

The British leave Hong Kong.

Tony Blair, two months into office, looks like a kid. Prince Charles acts gracious and confident, not knowing that his children would lose their mother two months later. Christopher Patten, the Last Governor, does his ceremonial duty, knowing the Empire is now well and truly over.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Royals still had a yacht. Robin Cook still had a cabinet position. Britain still claimed to have an "ethical foreign policy"...

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pomposity incarnate.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Reed Nagi said...

If he had "known his children would lose their mother two months later" he would have behaved much differently, you're right. Among other things if anyone had mentioned Diana he probably would have stared poignantly into that person's face for a few seconds, eyes full of tears, then after being asked at length by his valet, "Charles, what is it, what's wrong?" he could have said, "Tell me, does England really have the Atomic Bomb?" A French dignitary might have responded hushedly (out of concern for Prince Charles's sanity), "Oui, Monsieur," causing a now-visibly-angry Charles to state: "We could do a good job worse than to bloody drop one of those on Paris."

7:01 PM  

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