Oh, dear… when it comes to whipping up a collective hypocritical mountain out of a molehill, the British press are experts by a country mile.
In this case it’s who was omitted from William and Kate’s Royal wedding guest list. Apparently, it includes many heads of state and heads of other lesser known royal families, some have been involved in serious human rights abuses against their own people.
Most of the press, except in some cases, has often turned a blind eye to controversial issues such as this.
It was rightly reported that Prince Salman bin Hamid al-Khalifa of Bahrain had withdrawn due to the clampdown on protests against his regime there. But others with even more suspect violations are expected to attend. Yet others had written several column inches over the fact that both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were excluded from the list (As opposed to Baroness Thatcher and Sir John Major, who were invited). As living former Prime Ministers, many thought they would be invited, even by the Queen, but no joy there.
What makes this non-story so frustrating was that has been constant debate over whether Britain should continue to have a royal family, yet it has descended into a row over which people get to sit at the establishment’s top table. It’s ridiculous.
I’m not a fan of Blair and Brown (they have their own problems right now), but I suspect they have far better things to do and think about rather than having to attend a wedding which may not bring any real long-term benefits to the British people.