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helle-449871The ruckus that emanated from that selfie (AP and others) was of interest to me for more reasons than the simple vulgarity of people who should know how to behave at funerals.

The people involved were Obama and Helle Thorning-Schmidt the Prime Minister of Denmark.  David Cameron Prime Minister of Britain can be seen stretching over, just desperately desperately, trying to be included with the big boy and his new-found friend.

We have explored Obama’s connections with America’s political oligarchy in the past, with his descents from the Mayflower, through his mother and very posh grandmother .  But Helle Thorning-Schmidt (47) she of the five inch heels and shapely legs who is frequently described by the foreign press as “curvy” what of her?  Where does she fit in with any international elements of political oligarchy?

Well, when she is not conducting herself on the world stage like a school-girl on a classroom trip, Helle is married to Stephen Kinnock, the son of the British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock (now elevated to Baron Kinnock) who stood for Prime Minister in 1992 where he lost and later took up a role as European Commissioner in 1995, and Glenys Kinnock, his wife and a former Labour Member of the European Parliament and Minister of State at (2009–10) at the UK Foreign Office.

A small, but telling, argument that in the new forming state of “Europe” the same oligarchic forces that link so many of America’s political classes together by blood and marriage are being replicated here also.

Copyright David Macadam 2013

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