King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (pictured)
Matthew spoke live to the historian Robert Lacey who has written books about the Saudi kingdom.
Born August 1924(?); died 23 January 2015 aged 90.
Eileen Ford (born 25 March 1922) died at Morristown Medical Center, New Jersey, yesterday, Wednesday 9th July. She was 92.
Politician, diplomat and poet who had the ear of the reforming King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia
The death of Dr Ghazi Al-Qosaibi, the straight-talking Saudi technocrat, diplomat and poet, leaves a large hole at the top of the power structure in King Abdullah's Saudi Arabia. Ostensibly Ghazi (pronounced "Rhazzi") was Minister of Labour, charged with the hopeless task of reducing the foreign labour force and getting male Saudis to do a decent day's work. In reality he was the King's principal non-family confidant and adviser, the closest thing he had to a prime minister.