The Queen carried on regardless with royal duties. Philip was discharged from hospital June 9 just in time for his birthday celebrations. Today June 10 he celebrates his 91st birthday.
Although the Jubilee celebrations are over a series of programs is keeping the British Royal family in the public eye. A brainwashing exercise once more. Over the years these happen from time to time. It is a way for the Royals to boost their popularity. Perhaps it is aimed at winning people over before the financial cost of the Jubilee is known. That said it is doubtful the true cost will be revealed. What will have cost dearly is the loss to industry of a long bank holiday weekend and security budgets for the events.
Across the Pond the 2012 US election remains in the news. Mitt Romney appears to be gaining ground and President Obama can no longer be sure of a win. Both candidates have made speeches and promises in an attempt to win over voters. Romney claims that he would arm the Syrian rebels but would he were he President? It is easy to make such statements when in opposition. Perhaps this claim was aimed at winning over voters who oppose another war. After all if the Syrians are armed and all blow themselves to kingdom come it will be problem solved, won't it?
In case you were not sure the above was sarcasm. Arming the Syrian rebels is wrong on all levels and will be non productive in the long term.
President Obama addressed the nation, and the world, trying to distance himself from the European crisis. He was attempting to cover his back if, or should that be when, the EU fails. If that happens economies around the world will tumble and the US must surely experience a little of the fall-out.
Europe though could have more serious worries. The rise of the extreme right in Europe is worrying. This week we have seen a Greek Nazi politician slapping a female socialist politician during a debate. For those who did not know before they are thugs.
EURO 2012 football kicked off late in the week and within a short space of time there were problems. Nazi salutes, swastika flags, racial abuse and fighting with officials has already occurred. Allowing Poland and the Ukraine to host the games was a mistake but the hooligan element of fans would have been in the crowd whoever hosted EURO 2012.
Europeans leaders need to open their eyes. Whilst they posture and preen without resolving the financial crisis the extreme right is thriving. The conditions are perfect for fascists, High unemployment and worthless money is a recipe for disaster. That is what helped fuel the second World War when all is said and done.
Till next week. Boycott EURO 2012 if you are an animal lover. Stay safe and if you are in the UK, stay dry if that is possible.