"Dido will be turning on her pyre at the news that the latest “Queen of Carthage”, deposed first lady Leila Trabelsi, has fled via a raid on the Bank of Tunisia’s gold reserves to the tune of £35 million, a hefty one-and-a-half tons of ingot.Appropriately, she made her escape aboard her nifty “shopping plane”.
“Hang them all, but first bring back our gold,” was the street mob’s eloquent reaction as they ransacked her palatial villas.
Trabelsi, 53, a former hairdresser, has proved her mettle as a dictator’s wife by leaving no cliché unturned. Mrs Ben Ali is known for her penchant for fast cars - the family boasted more than 50 - luxury pads, and extravagant designer shopping jaunts to Dubai.
Her despised extended family, known as “The Mafia”, exerted a £3.5 billion stranglehold on business, construction and foreign investment, routinely jetting across continents for jollies."