Well, the race is over and one thing is certain, having taken little interest in formula one up until now, ego will at least not be suffering withdrawal symptoms by never taking an interest in a circus which has chosen to detach itself completely from the planet’s realities. Nevertheless, this is hardly about yours truly, and an appropriate starting point for this day’s post might be my revisiting yesterday’s post and David Cameron’s nonsensical “Bahrain is not Syria”. Is there something we don’t kno? Was Bernie’s circus going to make a pit stop in Damascus but decided against it because of the politics there? Of course, not, after all, Bernie is not interested in politics.
Anyway, the race is over and the evidence would appear to suggest that the Al-Khalifa’s and their hired thugs really are a clumsy lot. Channel 4 reports that they can confirm that their “Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Miller and his team have been arrested whilst reporting for the programme from a village in Bahrain.” Still Jonathan is not the only high-profile journalist to find himself in police custody and apparently the, chief foreign correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph, Colin Freeman, has been carted away. Still, we can be sure that the British embassy in Bahrain and the boys in Whitehall will be working overtime to get Colin and Jonathan and his mates released unharmed.
Less certain might be the fate of both the driver for Channel 4 who, we are told, appeared to be bleeding from cuts to his arms, after he had been “arrested and assaulted in front of the team, and then separated from them,” and a certain Mohammed Hasan, who was Freeman’s fixer and who has been arrested with him. If these thugs actually start throwing journalists from the mainstream media behind bars, we can only imagine what they are capable of when it comes to those Bahrainis who disagree with their feudal rule.