Hello, it’s Leonardo here at TVC today, after an eventful journey on a very wet Tuesday. Two security alerts on my way across London, but thankfully only false alarms.
I was as surprised as everyone else as I watched the Ten O’Clock News last night and saw the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, reporting from Zimbabwe.
He’d been in the capital, Harare, for a few days, defying Robert Mugabe’s ban on BBC staff entering the country.
He introduced his report live from an undisclosed location in Zimbabwe, before leaving the country. From there, he also sent an article, published on today’s Independent.
We saw him walking in the streets of Harare, with a baseball cap on, trying to avoid being recognized by all the people there who watch the BBC.
Would you like to hear more from John Simpson? What did he see in Zimbabwe, how did he manage to evade the security forces in the country? Is the situation there as bad as we’ve been reporting?
As I write this, Mark is checking if he’ll be available to speak to us, to take questions in the programme today. What would you like to ask?
OBAMA’S RACE ROW
Back to what will be the recurrent talking point of 2008: the US presidential election.
Is this election about race, after all? The reason why I ask is the latest ”diplomatic” incident involving Hillary Clinton’s and Barrack Obama’s camps.
Former president Clinton had to get involved to try to defuse a row involving race and drugs.
He went on an black radio show to deny one of his wife’s supporters had made reference to Obama’s teenage drug use.
There was more controversy over Hillary Clinton’s remarks on Martin Luther King.
She said King’s dream of racial equality only become reality after president Johnson managed to get the Civil Rights Act of 64 approved by Congress.
Obama accused her of diminishing the civil right’s leader legacy.
DIANA’S MUSLIM MARRIAGE
Princess Diana’s mother called her a whore for contemplating marrying a Muslim man.
That was revealed in court yesterday by Paul Burrell, former butler to the princess. He was giving evidence for the inquest on the death of the Princess of Wales.
The Muslim man in question is Hasnat Khan, a Pakistani heart surgeon, who worked in London at the time and had a serious relationship with Diana.
She called the Princess a whore. She was messing about effing Muslim men and was a disgrace.
The story is on the front pages of all the tabloids here on the UK. It’s one of the main stories on all the other newspapers and get people going on this morning’s Victoria Derbyshire show, on BBC’s Radio 5.
What does it say about mixed marriages — be it with people from different faiths or different ethnic groups?
How is it in your country? Have you been through a similar situation? Have attitudes changed where you are?
Send your comments, post here on the blog.