The BBC’s leading correspondents have called for the ongoing pro-democracy riots in the Middle East to spread to a ‘nice, tropical country’, preferably with a well-developed tourist industry and white sandy beaches.
‘It was OK when it was Egypt,’ said the BBC’s Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen. ‘They’ve got the pyramids and stuff to look at, and I did manage to get a few days on a nice boat trip down the Nile.’ But Bowen said he was ‘very critical’ of the BBC for then sending him and his team to a series of ‘ghastly locations’ including Yemen, Bahrain and Libya, instead of somewhere nice like Jamaica or Thailand. ‘I’m fed up of slumming it in all these Arab countries,’ he said. ‘Plus it turns out it’s really hard to get decent hotel rooms or flights to these places at this time of year – even on easyJet.’