In between attempts to gun down protesters, the king of Bahrain has employed the international public relations firm Bell Pottinger to manage the country’s image.
A media centre has been set up to enable journalists to hear the pro-government spin on the revolt.
An internship at Bell Pottinger was one of the jobs for sale at a recent Tory party fundraiser.
A week at the spin doctors, who are former advisors to Margaret Thatcher, was a mere £2,000.
One hopes the lucky winner doesn’t find themselves in the middle of a revolution.