Friday, January 14, 2005

British princes

The following can only be placed under the heading of "what the hell were they thinking?":

Prince Harry dressed up like a Nazi for a private party and his picture is taken, resulting in uproars around the world. He donned the costume two weeks before the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.



Although Prince Harry probably only had poor taste, he should have known better and realized that as a public figure, there is no such thing as a purely private affair. And as such a public figure, he should conduct himself as if everyone will learn of everything he does, and this incident was an unfortunate lapse in that respect.

And now for something that really is a headscratcher:



Although Sir Mark Thatcher is not a prince, he the son of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He pled guilty this week to unwittingly helping to bankroll a botched coup plot in Equatorial Guinea, a country rich in oil. Given the obscurity of Equatorial Guinea in the otherwise generally neglected continent of Africa, it is hard to believe that he really was so innocent. Really what the hell was he thinking?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i guess not many people know about the bbc. as reported (by the bbc), mr. thatcher thought he gave money for a helicopter rental for business purposes. he became suspicious even before he gave the money though. the better question would be if he had such suspicions why would he still give this group over a quarter-million dollars even though he had suspicions?

1/14/2005 03:17:00 PM  
Blogger Ha ha hit him again said...

Somebody told me that Thatcher's son looks like the good Dr. Dean...I personally don't see the resemblance...

1/15/2005 05:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the resemblance, but he looks like a thin version of HD.

Part of the whole controversy with Prince Harry is that he neglected to publicly apologize for his actions, instead, apologizing via the people wo represented him. Thus, he showed a lack of respect for the function that is served by a genuine apology, and made it seem insincere by letting someone else make it for him. Daddy had to order him to go to Auschwitz. The Brits ruled that out until Charles made it an order, which indicates that Harry was against doing so in the first place. Prince Charles did the right thing. Even the other son, William, publicly apologized for being involved, by taking Harry to the store in the first place and helping him select a costume. Thus, Harry has a long way to go. Stating that he is a mere youth cannot "explain away" his actions. He crossed the line, and while he is entitled to make mistakes, the true display of a man's character is how he acts subsequent to that mistake.
~JF

1/16/2005 12:15:00 AM  

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