Four British business men, who were tortured by the Saudis, following a series of bomb attacks in Riyadh, have had their right to sue the Saudi authorities denied by the House of Lords. According to the BBC News 24 reporter (interview timed at about 1105 this morning) the Law Lords ruling was due to the intervention of the British Government. Interviewing one of the men, she said, 'And why do you think this happened, Ron?' ... camera pans to the face of the complainant but, before he can speak, the camera jerks back to the reporter and she says, suddenly, 'Oh, I'm sorry, that's all for now...' ...And there is an instant cut to Nuremberg, where the English football team is arriving.... But it isn't yet, the coach isn't even in sight and the reporter on scene isn't ready, because the cut was unscheduled..... Funny, isn't it? The British Government manages to intervene at all sorts of levels, even by proxy; in this case the BBC's Legal Advisor speaking through the reporter's ear-piece. Without the benefit of instant communications, what do you think his answer would have been? 'Well, they don't want us to sue because it would annoy the Saudi Govenrment and b*gger up all those nice, lucrative little deals that make so many people so much money!' Definitely NOT what the British Government wants to hear in live TV... I trust the BBC's LA will get a little bonus for that display of rapid intervention.