I was interested to read last week on the Martha Stewart blog (as an aside, do you think she writes it herself?) that she was due to visit the UK this week. The UK authorities have subsequently said she’s not allowed in, which seems to be because of the small matter of the five months she spent in the clink, and I for one am a little disappointed. I had visions of running into her in Marks and Spencers, or perhaps seeing her and her entourage drive past me tomorrow while I make a very quick visit to London.
Anyway, I checked her blog again today to see if there was any news on the situation. There’s not been an update as such, but I was surprised to see that many of the comments people have left have been so negative towards us Brits. Essentially there seems to be a view that because she’s wealthy and does nice things, she should be allowed to bypass the rules. I don’t know enough about the rules to understand whether they are fair and sensible ones, but I don’t like the assumption that people of wealth get to play by a different set of rules to the rest of us.
The Telegraph reports that she’s travelled to Ireland instead, and has cancelled her London engagements.