It’s all happening in the USA right now. Tony Blair is on his way to Washington (George needs a shine), competing serial killers are loose in Phoenix, three British bankers suspected of skulduggery in the Enron affair are in Houston, France Today published my article on Villefranche-sur-Mer - and Yes! Everton are in Dallas.
The competing killers are running neck and neck, having scored five and six respectively. If it were here William Hill would be running a book on them.
The point about the expat bankers is not whether or not they are the world’s biggest sleazeballs – the US courts are no less competent than ours to decide that, and probably less venal. The point is whether the three should be in Houston at all. They are there because American courts can demand the extradition of Brits without the intervention of a British court, while British courts can not call for extradition of American suspects without the approval of an American judge.
But I doubt if that’s what Tony will be discussing with George today (or Condoleeza if George is busy) - it’s not a matter that Rupert Murdoch feels strongly about. Nor will they discuss the appropriate number of Lebanese civilians who have to be killed before they can discuss a cease-fire. It’s either to ask him to stop addressing Britain's elected leader as ‘Yo Blair’ - or to ask for our colony back.
Yes, the Blues will be kicking off against the Mexican Club America on Sunday afternoon at the internationally renowned Pizza Hut Park in Dallas. Ticketing arrangements are ‘Show up at the gate’. Hurry before it sells out.
As further evidence of American good taste, the San Francisco magazine France Today ran my Villefranche story last month.
Hurry before it sells out.