Friday, 14 December 2012
How Was It For You?
Marvellous photo, courtesy of the Daily Telegraph, of Kim Jong-un enjoying a post-ignition cigarette following the successful launch of North Korea's first satellite. He's rapidly joining Dick Emery, Hugh Cornwell and Kris Akabusi in my personal pantheon of heroes. No doubt he finished his celebrations with a pint of lager tops and a Pukka pie.
The Telegraph's correspondent opines that this launch should encourage the other states in the region to join together in order to deal with the "threat" from Jong-un's regime, but that isn't going to happen. While all eyes are on the likes of China and India as the next global hegemon, I remain quietly confident that the Koreans, dismissed as crazy and irrelevant, will be the real power in a few decades' time. They're the only country in the world that are really focused on where they are going, but nobody on the outside seems to recognise that.
In the same newspaper I note my other big geopolitical tip, the Franco-British Union, appears to have taken another knock, with Cameron having a tiff with Hollande about something or other. And yet I also note that the Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire next year. The cultural, military and economic links deepen, while the political noise on the surface increases. All going to plan, then.