In keeping with almost every other printed and online publication in the world, The Lakelander's View (ABC audited readership = 2) has taken a staunch anti-Gadaffi stance in the past fortnight.
I have been more than happy to condemn his horrific treatment of his own people, the corruption within his regime and I have applauded the heroism of the ordinary people who have risen up, without regard for their own safety, to challenge his obscenely totalitarian and murderous regime.
Truly, they are they are the heroes of the "Arab Spring".
Having said that, recent events have made me slightly adjust my position:
(1) As it now seems that a "Non Fly Zone" appears to be closer to a wet dream for wee Willy Hague than anything that is likely to happen soon, it's fair to say that the rebels are going to be bombed to oblivion within the next week. Never back a loser is the lesson here. Especially when you don't have available any aircraft carriers or aircraft that could be of any use. Let's be honest, those P45s that were sent to half the pilots in the RAF last week weren't a great move, were they, Dave?
(2) The oil price rise that this heroic Al Quaeda backed rebellion has generated is really starting to piss me off every time I fill up my 4x4. I can't help feeling that my rights should be respected as well. As are those of the filling station cashiers I keep swearing at every time I pay for my fuel. It can't be right, can it?
(3) The Lakelander's Emporium of Tat plc has recently welcomed a badly needed injection of capital of £50 from Mad Muammar Capital Partners of 666 Old Hob Street, Mayfair, London. Based on this enlightened support of free speech on this blog, I am happy to delete every prior suggestion that Colonel Gaddafi is a murderous tyrant and promote the idea that he is a slightly eccentric, fun-loving, Lou Reed look-a-like friend of the people.
I would therefore like to apologise to Colonel Gadaffi for any suggestion that he is anything but the most enlightened leader in the free world and reassure him that all of his family's investments in the UK - and in particular this blog - have been well chosen.
In these difficult times, it should be reassuring for both my readers that there is somewhere they can turn to get the truth on any subject that is making the headlines.