Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Interesting but anxious times
Surgeries at Ratho and Balerno last night, quite busy for a change, then off to Ratho Community Council. Arrived late of course but still managed to contribute to a few issues that were being discussed. Watched Col Gaddafi on TV last night with a mixed sense of bemusement and apprehension. His bizarre appearance under an umbrella sitting on what looked like an oversized golf buggy, during a cheesy musical variety show would be funny if it wasn't for the fact that he and his regime appear to be so detached from reality that their resistance to change could mean further bloodshed in Libya. It's quite moving to see ordinary people stand up for themselves and challenge undemocratic, authoritarian regimes (even if some do have the West's blessing) but you fear for those who have to lead and "front up" the demonstrations. Fantastic when the sitting government bow to the inevitable with little trouble, as has happened elsewhere, but will Gaddafi do likewise ? I do hope so.
Posted by Ricky Henderson at 16:53