Saturday, December 06, 2014

News and Views for a Lazy Saturday

It sure seems like there has been an epidemic of police killings and general abuse, to hear from the media.

Let's take a quick look at a few obituaries:

Queen Fabiola of Belgium, 86, has died. She was the widow of King King Baudouin, who died in 1993.

The Spanish-born dowager queen was recently at the centre of a row over her annual allowance, after she was accused of avoiding a national inheritance tax.

Prime Minister Charles Michel said all Belgians would remember "a great woman who will forever be part of the history of our country", while Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said the nation would now mourn her passing.

"A page in our country's history has turned," Mr Reynders told Belgium's RTL television.

British politician Jeremy Thorpe, 85, who was leader of the Liberal Party until his career went down in scandal also died.

The complex circumstances surrounding Mr Thorpe arose out of a period when homophobia was a powerful force and male homosexuality was, until 1967, a criminal offence.

This situation created a significant threat of blackmail and security risks for prominent men who had gay relationships. Interviews conducted in the 1970s reveal the attitudes of the time.

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