Discussion over the dinner table the other evening turned briefly to Libya. Do you know what's happening there, my (just) pre-teen son was asked? "Isn't that where some guys are trying to get rid of the President, but he won't go?", he said rather tentatively, but with a directness that makes him a shoe in for the subs' desk at 'The Economist'.
A follow up question for him: how are you finding out about Libya? "I'm not, it's just what's happening everywhere!" Such are the times.
The previous week, he had given a summary of Mubarak's downfall that woudn't have disgraced a brief writer on the Today programme. His source? Reading 'Metro' on the tube to school.
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