The Queen Mother is said to be quietly amused. Wayne is sacked. It won't be much consolation to him, now jobless in Isleworth, that he has reminded us of the juggernaut speed of modern communication and the inevitability of human fallibility getting in the way of human sophistication. (Burns put it rather better with his bit about schemes ganging a-gley.) We should humbly remember Orson Welles and his invaders from Mars, remember every April fool we have ever fallen for. Nor ought newspapers to be smug. We exaggerated Mark Twain's death and have been killing off people with cruel regularity ever since. We do try, honestly, but to err is human. Norman Wisdom used to get his job back and marry the boss's daughter. Wayne, we fancy, will not be so lucky.
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