When I began blogging I imagined I’d rant a lot more about Prince Charles than I do. Feudal Creep was to be a theme. But like most of my themes it went by the wayside. I clearly don’t care as much about the monarchy as I thought I did. Nevertheless, that Prince Charles sees himself as a dissident is something I have to comment on.
But what to say? The Daily Mail, whose sister paper published extracts from the fool’s private diary, is right. And I’m delighted to see it’s the Mail Group he’s fighting. They’re instinctive monarchists, but they hate him all the same. So it’s interesting to watch the Mail attack the soft target, but then suddenly hang back as it realises the monarchy’s being damaged.
The Metro gives us a taste of Prince Charles’ dissident lifestyle, as the Telegraph coincidently reports the story of a Chinese dissident, who threw an eggshell filled with red ink at a Chairman Mao portrait. After seventeen years Yu Dongyue has been freed early because he must be spoon fed. Prince Charles insists on eating with a silver spoon.
Charles is a man who can’t squeeze his own toothpaste but criticises those who make decisions, ‘based on market research and focus groups, on the papers produced by political advisers and civil servants none of whom will have ever experienced what it is they are taking decisions about.’
Sadly, the victim of that critique, Tony Blair, is predictably supportive. He’s not interested in picking a fight on the constitution and would rather it all went away. But if I were Tony, I’d trust the collective wisdom of a properly selected focus group over that of an incredibly privileged individual who can only drink from his own crystal any day.