Cherie Blair, the British Prime Minister's wife, shocked an audience of VIPS last night when she performed the erotic dance of the seven veils at a reception held to welcome the American President to Britain. The event, which was held at Buckingham Palace, was doubly embarrassing for Tony Blair because Her Majesty the Queen was in attendance and watched the whole shocking spectacle with her Greek-born husband, Philip.
The dance, which is highly regarded in the Muslim world, involves a lady dancer gyrating about to erotic music and gradually dispensing with the seven veils until she is completely naked. It is customary for a nubile beauty to perform the dance because it is pleasing to the eye. Leading psychologists were clueless, therefore, as to why an old lady should want to humiliate herself in this way.
British government insiders have suggested that Mrs Blair did the dance in retaliation for negative comments her husband had made about Muslim ladies wearing veils. Cherie Blair has been a strong campaigner for women's rights and this might have been the reason for her outrageous behaviour.
Other people unkindly commented that Cherie was trying to see if a career in dancing was suitable employment when Tony Blair is kicked out of No 10.
For several months now, rumours have been circulating about the parlous state of the Blair's finances. Confidential sources at No 10 Downing Street have expressed concern about the mysterious baskets of dirty clothing that appear on the doorstep and it is strongly suspected that Cherie is taking in laundry to supplement their meagre income.
Whatever the reasons for Cherie's irrational behaviour, Americas 43rd President clearly enjoyed the spectacle, although he sincerely advised her not to give up her day job.