How about a happy leader (eg Happy Tony)? Why an official state visit now? The 1st time since Wilson, 85 yrs ago? Not even reagan received the full monty! Although he did go out riding with the queen. Tony likes all the official palaver! Putin also got a state visit! Didn't he also stay with Lizzy?
You might ask why we need Tony? And, perhaps more fundamentally, why do we need a Royal family? To put foreign dignataries on Official state visits?
I'm a big believer in what goes on behind the scenes of government is something very close to Yes Prime Minister where at the end of the day, someone will profit from any government action.
It's served us pretty well up till now....why shouldn't it continue
The reason Bush is coming over now is that the visit was arranged months ago, the war should have ended and this should have been a great celebration with both leaders looking like kings of the world!!
In the end it's a major oops moment :cheesy:
Sorry most of the above is just Newsnight tinged with The Grauniad. The real shame for us all is that apparently it now takes thousands of armed police to protect official State visitors. I doubt that it will be an obvious PR disaster for Bush and Blair - except on "Have I got News for You". Certainly they don't seem fazed by a mob of terrorist Fellow Travellers and other Useful Idiots (to steal Lenin's phrase). Why should they?. Maybe that's part of the point they are making.
This thread has nothing to do with the pros and cons of Bush's foreign policy but the inconvenience the protection of one guy(Bush) is going to cause most people working and living in central London............and all 4 what?
Bonsai, unfortunately i don't share that view............maybe u should remember that some lives are being lost as a result of Bush's Iraq war, maybe u should put yourself in d 'victims' shoes' and think of how you would feel.
So the rising tide of crime and continous killing of Iraqis and so-called coalition soldiers in Iraq means it has improved. Sadam has always been a danger to his people but the west only turned against him when it suited us so lets stop using Sadam's cruelty as an excuse for the invasion.............and i am definitely not unruly or some communist larky but i support the right of people to demonstrate..............if Bush has really helped the people of Iraq why can't he pay a state visit to Iraq and walk the streets of Baghdad (without massive security blanket) to the popular adulation of the Iraqis he has saved.