Very late last night our doorbell rang, but by the time i was dressed the local in a dish-dash had gone, leaving a poster on my car windscreen. The poster from the police asked us not to park our car on either our driveway or in a designated public parking place, and for the next couple of days we have to park in the next street. This is because George Bush, during his visit to the UAE, may pass within 150 meters of where we live. It’s a little inconvenient, and although i’m definitley not fan of Bush , we can put up with it.
However it made me think of all the times in the past when a Royal (or VIP) has visited a school, hospital, public building etc and the building has been re-painted for the hour he/she is there.
Are Royals/VIP’s value for money or should public funds be better utilised?