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Why is it a controversy when the (unelected) heir to the throne writes low-profile letters expressing political opinons to ministers and MPs, but not when the (unelected) Metropolitan Police Commissioner stages press conferences expressing political opinions to the entire country?

9 Comments

  1. I realise that it's probably a rhetorical question but I can't help answering anyway: it's because little Blair agrees with big Blair (and because little Blair gives the tabloids lots of lovely, circulation boosting "we're all going to die" quotes).

    It's only controversial to express views which have not been sanctioned by the Blairbrown.

  2. The thing is they'll all be first against the wall when the revolution comes.

    I wonder if I'm allowed to say that these days

  3. Because the heir to the Crown is trying to do things on the sly?

  4. Because Sir Ian's role, whatever you think of his performance, involves some involvement in public life. Prince Charles' role merely involves not being dead.

  5. Hmmm. I'm tired. Rephrasing that…

    "Because Sir Ian's role, whatever you think of his performance, involves some influence over public policy. Prince Charles' role merely involves not being dead."

  6. But why should Charles not have the right to write to MPs or ministers, a right every other person in the country has?

    (And before anyone says that the monarch/royal family should not be involved in politics, what exactly do you think the Queen and the Prime Minister discuss at their half-hour meetings every week? The weather?)

  7. Could it have anything to do with the fact that Charles considers himself to be a "dissident?"

  8. We're all "dissidents" now, don't you know?

    Oh, except the police of course, it's quite ok for them to run around the London Underground shooting innocent Brazilians, then tampering with evidence afterwards, shooting people leaving pubs carrying a wooden coffee table leg in a plastic bag, escorting Blair around in his election campaigns with "Vote Labour" posters in their car windows, lobbying MPs on id cards, etc… the list goes on, unfortunately.

  9. jonn, "some involvement in public life" is a bit of an understatement when you consider the facts.

    As far as i'm aware, I don't recall Prince Charles chauffering Ian Duncan Smith, William Hague, or the others around with "Vote Tory" posters in his car, I wouldn't have thought he'd have his own special hit squad ready to go out and seize anyone who made a film which opposed his stance on frankenstein foods for example either.