Not too much time for one of my usual beautifully composed, elegantly written and highly intelligent posts - er, sorry, did you say something? - because some dear friends are taking me and the Memsahib out to lunch on the coast. So, only a moment to enjoy the sight and the stench of prime humbug in the deeply unwholesome person of El Presidente Rafael Correa of Ecuador. If you have never seen anything beginning with 'c' before, here is a picture of one:
This brave torreador of a South American president waved his red cape in the face of the mighty USA and then stuck his puny little lance into it its backside by granting that nasty bit of Australian offal, Julian Assange, political asylum in his London embassy, thereby scoring a double hit by annoying los Británicos cringos. Needless to say, within the day all the grunt-snufflers of the extreme Left were out on the streets in support. Apparently their deeply felt support for 'wimmin's rights does not extend to the two Swedish ladies who claim they suffered sexual assaults from Assange. El Presidente's picture went round the world and his reputation as the new Nelson Mandela grew. Well, it grew up until yesterday when unfortunately it slipped up on a Belorussian turd!
The turd in question is President Alexander Lukashenko and here he is in a fairly typical pose. According to most reports he makes Putin look like your favourite old uncle:
Recently he sent a high-powered trade delegation to Ecuador during which, no doubt, various, er, deals were discussed but - and surely this was entirely coincidental - shortly after the visit a Belorussian dissident who had fled to Ecuador and been granted asylum was arrested by the Ecuadoran police and has languished in jail ever since. The process of extraditing him back to Belorussia is well on its way and when he is returned to the tender mercies of President Lukashenko he will almost certainly be shot. For murder or treason, you ask? No, no, for blowing the gaff on a high-level corruption racket with links to the very top of the Belorussian government. So much for El Presidente's credentials as a principled upholder of the Rights of Man!
Our government should simply break off diplomatic relations with Ecuador and then arrest Assange as soon as he leaves the embassy. The chances of that are pretty remote given Dave's lack of backbone so I can only hope that Mark Wallace's shrewd campaign, as reported by Guido, comes off. Mr. Wallace has offered £6,500 if anyone can succeed in setting off the fire alarm in the Ecuadoran embassy. What a wheeze! Anyone got a match?