Recall: Little Volodya has summoned the Leaders of the World to Moscow for his big show in celebration of the rather important 70th anniversary of Victory over Hitler. But of course he's in the naughty corner just now, so who will represent the UK at this jamboree? And never mind who will - who should?
Since we announced this compo there have been two developments, one helpful to his cause and one less so. L'il Kim, it seems, is no longer attending. Yes, Jong-un the Wrong'un won't be there to embarrass anyone: some say he fears a coup if he leaves home, others that he doesn't wish to be an exhibit in a freak show (too late for that, matey).
But what of others? The Gruaniad says:
The leaders of China, India and Brazil are expected at the parade on 9 May, but there will be few western leaders, most of whom are boycotting the event. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, will miss the parade but instead travel to Moscow a day later to lay a wreath at a war memorial. The UK Foreign Office says it is still deciding whether British officials or politicians will travel from London to attend the ceremony, which comes just two days after the general election.The thing that makes it really awkward is that the Russians have signalled they will be fêting their recent exploits in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Who on earth can the UK send? C@W readers and writers have so far nominated:
HMQ (conditional); Prince Charles (conditional); Prince Philip; William Hague; Tony Blair; Gorgeous George; Ed Balls; Russell Brand; Camilla; Princess Anne; Ant & Dec; Farage; Mandelson; Hammond; Owen Jones; Polly Toynbee; Len McCluskey; Caroline Ashton; Peter Hain.The FO will have chosen by now and it more-or-less has to be either an aristo, and/or a minor politico whose status + availability won't be buggered by the election outcome. Keep voting, folks!
Update: Duke of Gloucester; Miliband E; Will + Kate + New Princess; Andrew; Princess Michael of Kent (nice one); the Chelsea Team (sic); KP(ieterson); KP(rice); Michael Foot (corpse of); Hon. David Henry Montgomery ... Fiona Bruce; Bob Crowe (ghost of) ...