Thursday, 9 July 2009

The gratuitous ‘B’ word rides again

The BBC tells Frit that “Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's billionaire prime minister, is throwing a party this week for leaders of the world's other seven most powerful industrial nations”.
Frit reads that King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Alsaud of Saudi Arabia, recent recipient of that hideous curtsey, is top on the Forbes magazine list of billionaire “Kings, Queens and Despots”. Is it true that Fidel Castro is apparently worth $900 million and ranked seventh on that list? Is it true that Yasser Arafat was on that list too? Must be a lie, otherwise searching the BBC website for “Castro” and “billionaire” and “Arafat” and “billionaire” would come up with more than one hit each, unlike the three pages of hits you get if you enter “Berlusconi” and “billionaire”.