MPs will spend all day today paying tribute to Prince Philip after the Tories cleared the Commons schedule of all other business to allow 7.5 hours of obsequiousness. After all, there’s nothing else much going on, apart from riots in Northern Ireland, vaccine resistant coronavirus strains, 150,000 and more needlessly dead and an economy still reeling from Tory mishandling of the pandemic, burgeoning racism (and Establishment denial thereof) etc etc.
Keir Starmer and friends are expected to participate in this forelock-tugging exercise with enthusiasm after he cancelled all campaigning in the local elections because of the royal death.
Comparisons have been made between North Korean media and the Establishment’s desperate forelock-tugging over the past few days. They look more apt than ever.
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