This is really headline news? Helen Clark texts during a speech by the Queen -- you know: blah, blah, platitude, platitude; the sort of speech we've all heard and fallen asleep to before -- and Britain's Daily Express newspaper leaps to the defence of Her Britannic Majesty by sniffing that Clark has "insulted" their Queen. The Express, the repository of all that is dull in Britain, sees Helen Clark's texting and the low turn-out of Commonwealth leaders at a banquet for Prince Charles as part of a "rising tide of republicanism."
They say that like it's a bad thing.
Frankly I'm less concerned with Clark "insulting" the Queen when she's delivering the same speech we've heard umpty tum times before, than I am with Clark getting work done. That really is a concern.
Since (to paraphrase Mark Twain) "No one's life, liberty, or property is safe while Clark is hard at work," I'd much prefer to see less work and far more play from our leaderene -- a work/life balance that I'm certain would do wonders for this country. I'd far rather she went catatonic like one is supposed to when the Queen is talking, and hopefully for some time. I'm pleased to hear she's now relaxing in Egypt. I hope she's there relaxing for several weeks. Perhaps she could spend some time while relaxing texting the Queen? That's really as much work as I'd like to see her do.