Thursday 8 August 2002
More evidence that the world
More evidence that the world needs more despots, dictators and autocrats, as the clearly barmy leader of Turkmenistan decides to rename the months of the year and days of the week, including renaming January after himself.
Although I for one really would have a hangover if I woke up on the first of Blair.
What I love most about this is that the guy has proposed stepping down in 2010 to make way for a democratically elected leadership, but the parliament has insisted that he stays on until he dies. They clearly recognise that the only way to get Turkmenistan noticed on the world stage is for their leader to continue to be eccentric and slightly unhinged.
And talking of despots, has America really considered the true impact of ousting Saddam Hussein?…..
I reckon that the entire Middle-Eastern cut-flower industry will be wiped out if he’s deposed.