Private Eye will have a field day when it comes to the tributes being paid to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia – it’ll be like beheading fish in a barrel (for adultery). Among the tributes paid to the people’s medieval theocrat was one by David Cameron, who said:
'I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abd Al Aziz Al Saud.
'He will be remembered for his long years of service to the Kingdom, for his commitment to peace and for strengthening understanding between faiths.
'I sincerely hope that the long and deep ties between our two Kingdoms will continue and that we can continue to work together to strengthen peace and prosperity in the world.”
'PS We’re having a special deal on Typhoons at the moment – 6 for 5. D.C.'
Ok, he didn’t say that last bit.
Then there was Angela Merkel, who said King Abdullah's policies ‘brought him and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia respect and recognition. With wisdom, foresight and great personal dedication, he strove for a cautious modernization of his country and for dialogue between the Islamic world and the West.’ Considering women still aren’t allowed to drive, I think cautious is a bit of an understatement.
Likewise with the IMG’s Christine Lagarde, who said Saudi King Abdullah was a strong advocate of women ‘in a very discreet way':
#IMF Chief Christine Lagarde says Saudi King Abdullah was strong advocate of women "in a very discreet way": http://t.co/bqrbdwMV4a #WEF15
— Reuters Davos (@Reuters_Davos) January 23, 2015
The Abbey flag is flying at half mast as a mark of respect following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia — Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) January 23, 2015
Westminster Abbey is flying the flag at half mast for King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia - where Christianity is banned pic.twitter.com/a4TZeBSE0X
— Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) January 23, 2015
Of all the world leaders, the only one who comes out of this well is Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, who said:
‘I wish a peaceful rest for the late King, patience for his family and I wish success for the people and the government of Saudi Arabia.’
An appropriate and dignified response to the death of a king.