Having spent the last two months in US hospitals and recovering abroad – and the last three weeks trembling with the winds of regional change – Saudi King Abdullah returns home with an open hand:
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has announced increased benefits for his citizens, as he returned after months abroad getting medical treatment.
There will be extra funds for housing, studying abroad and social security, according to state television.
King Abdullah has been away from the country for three months, during which time mass protests have changed the political landscape of the Middle East.
There have been few demonstrations in Saudi Arabia.
No, of course not. Pillar of stability, and that.
Probably for the best, Saudi attitudes being what they are. Still, pity a people that can be bought.