Lovers in a tree, Kensington Gardens (I took this pic in the Spring)
I first heard of Kate’s hospitalisation on the 5pm BBC Radio 4 news 3/12/2012. The BBC Radio 4 – PM – Eddie Mair show. Before I go on it’s worth noting that if I were an MP (a job from which I would no longer be barred on account of my NHS mental heath treatment thanks to last week’s legislation) I would not be allowed to say what I am about to say in the House of Commons – words of criticism directed at the Royal Family.
Read no further, Ma’am (Card 23) This is one for Charles.
Hard on the heels of the news of Kate’s extreme condition (hyperemesis gravidarum: all day and night throwing up food and water – dead within three days without a drip?) was the announcement from the Palace of the Queen’s delight. This was followed by expressions of delight from Cameron and Milliband – ‘a perfect piece of news’ Cameron went so far – and then there came Clegg’s cut and thrust on the reform of the Act of Succession (a Republican preamble?). None of them, from the Queen down expressed any empathy, sympathy, or concern, for the suffering Kate – only their unifying joy at the fact of the royal pregnancy. I am wondering why – is the Queen such a tough and uncaring woman? Hard to believe – a tough and uncaring monarch weilding immense and inhumane influence on the instruments of state?