Friday, May 12, 2006

While Washington Slept

God Save The Queen!

While Washington Slept:

"The Queen of England is afraid. International C.E.O.'s are nervous. And the scientific establishment is loud and clear.

Ten months before Hurricane Katrina left much of New Orleans underwater, Queen Elizabeth II had a private conversation with Prime Minister Tony Blair about George W. Bush. The Queen's tradition of meeting once a week with Britain's elected head of government to discuss matters of state, usually on Tuesday evenings in Buckingham Palace and always alone, to ensure maximum confidentiality, goes back to 1952, the year she ascended the throne. In all that time, the contents of those chats rarely if ever leaked.

So it was extraordinary when London's Observer reported, on October 31, 2004, that the Queen had 'made a rare intervention in world politics' by telling Blair of 'her grave concerns over the White House's stance on global warming.'

The Observer did not name its sources, but one of them subsequently spoke to Vanity Fair. "

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