Here's one for Alfie, perhaps. If there's an English translation of the Koran which is criticised by Muslim clerics as being distorted and misleading, is it still a death-deserving offence to burn it? Or even just pulp it?
My lovely (and talented) South African fellow-blogger, Azra, yesterday asked me whether Spain would follow Greece. Well, here's the opinion of a commentator much more qualified than I am.
Finally . . . The Spanish King's son-in-law has made his initial appearance in court, charged with corruptly diverting government funds to his own companies and thence to offshore bank accounts. To get there he had to run the gamut of jeering, egg-throwing protesters. Which I don't recall ever happening to politicians accused of much greater skulduggery. But, anyway, here's what The Guardian had to say about him:- The sight of the king's son-in-law apparently cashing in on his royal connections has been shocking enough for Spaniards, but the idea that he also allegedly defrauded the exchequer and illegally pocketed public funds has dealt an even greater blow to the monarchy as ordinary Spaniards struggle with 23% unemployment, harsh austerity measures and the prospect of falling back into recession.