You may not have noticed, but Britain's Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is going to resign on June 27 after more than 10 years in the job and after a Labour Party election the chances are that Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, is going to take over as party leader, and therefore become Prime Minister, and sometime thereafter there will be a general election and we all get to decide who does what. Tony Blair will be going to see the Queen on June 27 to tender his resignation.
The reason you might have missed this news is that before Tony Blair made any announcement at all, and this is ignoring the last two years of mounting speculation, the entire British media was choc full of every single thing he was going to do. The BBC Radio 4 programme, "Today", dedicated what appeared to be the entire show to what was going to happen. Before it happened. While they were at it, they predicted what was going to happen after what was about to happen actually happened. This was good news, because sometime later, the TV news bulletins speculated wildly about what was going to happen AFTER what happened had happened.
Then, luckily, something actually happened. Tony Blair made a speech. We knew that because he was tracked by helicopter all the way from London to Sedgefield, (Hi BBC, what's your carbon footprint for that shot?), his own constituency where he made the speech we had all predicted earlier and dissected, (the helicopter even took shots above the plane he was travelling in - this is a new shot, to the uninitiated, above the plane above the ground before anything has happened kind of shot) which signalled a veritable flood of what HAD happened over the past ten years in a series of montages that had clearly been lying in wait.
For something to happen.
Which isn't bad.
Then, after pausing for breath and allowing the what had happened packages to run their course, we kicked off again with what was about to happen. How much money will Tony make? Will Gordon succeed? Will the country accept a dour Scot?
I must have missed the memo. I thought news told you what HAD happened. Not what was about to happen. (sigh)