'Blest if I believe such a Poll Parrot as you was ever learned to speak!'
I remember reading about this guy in a book on Saudi Arabia called Inside the Kingdom, a few years back, and thinking he actually sounded quite progressive (by Saudi standards, at any rate). Still, I can't shake the nagging feeling that while he may've talked a good game, that's all a lot of what he said was: talk. On a lighter note, he seemed in pretty good shape for someone who was 90-odd when he finally died.
Now they are already claiming that the next guy is, as you say, quite progressive by Saudi standards. Of course, nothing ever changes there, but the compliant press puts the best face on the new dictator, even though he is somewhat to the right of Mussolini. I guess we can just thank our lucky stars that he isn't to the right of Hitler.
And now I read that the guy has Alzheimer's disease. The article I read said, in one of the most ludicrous comments about a world leader I have ever read, that he is known to have had lucid conversations with people as recently as last October. Man, that's a comfort, right?
Bloody hell, that's setting the bar low! I suppose it could be worse - at least Saudi Arabia doesn't have nukes!
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