Regular port-swillers might suppose that I would have something to say about the announced engagement of Prince William and this Kate Middleton person.

Well, the truth is that I really don’t.

Alas, the whole biznay reminds me of the sad reality that the Royals are nothing more than “celebrities” these days, having been stripped by a combination of historickal tides and their own foolishness of the last remaining vestiges of, well, royalty.  Poor old Elizabeth soldiers on, bless her, but I wouldn’t give you tuppence for the rest of them.

And that’s mighty hard for someone of such a Tory temperment to admit.