Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Monarch as Cabin Crew

Alan Bennett's new book 'The Uncommon Reader' is a novel which examines the possibility of the Queen being an avid reader of fiction. In it he sympathises with the Queen's rather powerless, ceremonial and largely ignored role in the British government with the analogy "...she often felt not unlike an air hostess going through the safety procedures."

So there's a crumb of comfort for the cabin crew when they're demonstrating the use of the life jacket to ten rows of newspapers; that's what it feels like to be a head of state.

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