The State Funeral of ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whenever it happens, is to include among its list of invited guests, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, with whom the former leader had 'close ties' during the 1980s.
Mrs Thatcher, 104, was the PM responsible for the rule that forbade broadcasters from airing Mr Adams' voice. ensuring that they used that of an actor who sounded a sight more sinister than Mr Adams ever did.
The former Tory leader has been ailing of late, and although it would be the furthest thing from this writer's mind to suggest that the Iron Lady would be 'on her way out', nobody lives forever, and it's always good to plan for the future, even if you're not going to be around to enjoy it. Mrs T, therefore, has been compiling her guest list accordingly. She told friends:
"I'd like Mr Adams to be there, but if he has anything to say, good or bad, I'd like his comments read out by an actor."