Sunday, December 06, 2009

Don't You Know Who I Am?

I'm wondering if Harriet Harman has secretly been promoted to some level of importance beyond that of the Queen. Because, if not, I'm struggling to understand how the following stories are consistent with each other.

From the Mail:

"The Queen is to be forced to go through an identity check every time she flies into and out of Britain.

For the first time, Her Majesty will be compelled to give her full name, age, address, nationality, gender and place of birth to immigration officials, who will then check that she is not on a list of wanted terrorists."

And from the Guardian:

"Harriet Harman was facing the prospect of acute political embarrassment today after a decision to prosecute her for allegedly driving without due care and attention and driving while using a mobile phone.

A witness was reported to have said that after the accident Harman wound down the window of her red Fiesta and allegedly said: "I'm Harriet Harman. You know where you can get hold of me."

So the Queen, who is on our money and stamps, and who is one of the most recognisable people in the world, has to confirm who she is every time she enters her own country? But Harriet Harman, known principally for hating men and being a thorn in the side of common sense, appears able to leave the scene of an accident with a cursory snifter of information?

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