President Obama did the right thing in forcing Downing Street to come to its senses about the D Day commemorations. Perhaps Mr Brown now has grasped the difference between being a political leader and being Leader of a state. Prince Charles will represent the Queen and through her, all of us, at the weekend. She, and we, will still be here on Monday. Will Brown even make it to the weekend?
Even if he's still hanging on as prime minister, still pushes his way forward for his photo op with the American President, it's hard to imagine what the Heads of State will have to say to him other than good day and goodbye.
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