WE HAVE A QUESTION
YOU MIGHT LIKE TO ASK
MA'AM! -WHAT HAS
FREEDOM- CONSTITUTION AND COUNTRY?
The Queen has missed her vocation. She'd be
wonderful as a polite Paxman asking the questions we
ALL want the answers to.
AT THE AGE of 82, the Queen broke the
habit of a lifetime on small-talk this week when she
turned up for the official opening of the £71
million New Academic Building at the London School
Shown round by Professor Luis
Garicano Heead of Research at the LSE's Management
Department, she didn't ask him:
Have you come far?' Nor
did she want to know: 'have you been working
Her Majesty put into words the question that has
been puzzling all 129 million of HER SUBJECTS in
BRITAIN and around the world for many months -the
very thing that YOU and I might wish to ask a
PROFESSOR of ECONOMICS if we happened to bump
into one on a BUS,
What she wanted to know was THIS:
since the scale of the credit crisis
is so enormous, why on earth didn't anybody SEE IT
I can't help feeling a stab of
sympathy for Professor Garicano. there he stood, in
his Sunday best, all primed to tell the QUEEN:
'No ma'am, I haven't had very far to
come today.' (Or, as the case may be: 'Yes ma'am
I've had a fairly long journey.')
YET HERE she was asking him the $3
trillion question THAT WE ALL WANT ANSWERED:
'WHY have bankers,
politicians and economists TURNED OUT TO BE USELESS
AT THEIR JOBS?'
The professor's answer seems thoroughly inadequate
to me. According to his account, he told the QUEEN:
'at every state, someone was relying on somebody
else and everybody thought they were doing the right
illuminating reply might have been: Bankers didn't
see it coming, ma'am, because they were so busy
dreaming about theier whopping bonuses that they
couldn't THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE.'. . .
The list of questions that the
Queen could ask our politicians is almost endless.
With her interest in economics, she
might start by asking the Prime Minister:
'If we got into into this mess by
spending and borrowing TOO MUCH, why do you suppose
that we'll GET OUT OF IT by SPENDING and BORROWING
MORE?.'. . .
When she has
finished grilling the Prime Minister, her majesty
might turn her attention to Ed Balls, HER Secretary
of State for Children, Schools and Families....
While she's at , the Queen might like
to ask him: 'Tell me , Mr Balls, why are exam
questions so easy these days?'...
In fact, couldn't she ask all
three party leaders the next time she gets them
together at a STATE BANQUET
'Can anyone please
explain the difference between Labour, the Tories
That should be far more
interesting. I'm sure SHE'D AGREE, than the answer:
'Have you come far?'