Peston, whose strange delivery style with lo-o-o-o-o-ong drawn out vowels is already a gift to the satirical comedy shows, was hauled over the coals for tweeting:
‘The really important thing about this truly magical day is they can have sex at last.’
‘Bit worried about the new princess. Plainly didn’t read her BBC health and safety manual. Too much waving. Big RSI risk.’
In another, he asked what the collective noun was for Royal pundits, naming Simon Schama, Andrew Roberts and Andrew Morton.
He tweeted: ‘The correct answer, as students of constitutional history will know, is “a lickspittle”.’
Jeez, when I read the headline in the Mail online, I thought that he’d actually been rude. I can’t help but think that the BBC management is over-reacting just a bit and he’d be quite within his rights to tell them to “get stuffed”. Needless to say the Daily Mail readers are choking themselves with anger, demanding that he be sacked.
The Mail also has a complicated (to me) story about the rift between socialite Annabel Goldsmith and her daughter Jemima Khan on one hand, and Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles on the other. It’s fascinating the trivia that these people engage in, and that the readers of the Mail clearly lap up.
From what I can make out, it seems that, despite being Diana’s closest friend Annabel didn’t get an invite to the wedding, because Camilla Parker-Bowles and her “husband” are not happy that they (the Goldsmiths) are supportive of Julian Assange. (Clearly it’s not in Charles’ best interests to have a load of secrets revealed, and although the UK government has given him an exclusion from the FoI Act, there’s not a lot Cameron can do about the Wikileaks.) So anyway, there’s a rift and it wasn’t helped that Jemima tweeted ‘Kate Middleton – those are not heir-bearing hips are they? Unfeasibly narrow.’
The worry is that as Annabel is simply the hostess with the mostest, that Camilla will find herself edged out of events, which I thought was a bit unlikely seeing as princess parker Bowles is the heir to the throne and as such anyone who is anyone (except me) would like to have her at their party. Hey but what do i know, I’m only Scottish, and we don’t count in these matters.
Oh dear. The things you end up reading, and then worrying about, when you’ve already heard all there is to hear about Osama bin Laden being shot by the Americans.
Apropos of which, I loved the heading in the Daily Telegraph:
Osama bin Laden killed: live