Rodney Hide boots Charles

Rodney Hide is done with Prince Charles, and  not without reason either.

That’s it: I am no longer faithful and true to the Queen’s heirs and successors. The Queen is an amazing woman, a living and breathing piece of history. I greatly admire her. She gives us no pain and a local president would likely prove problematic.

But Prince Charles is a royal trainwreck. He has torn it for me. He is too stupid and too whacky to be a king commanding respect.

It was his claim that the terror of Isis is the world’s fault for not dealing to climate change that did it.

He says if only we had listened to him – some 20 years ago – and de-industrialised – then gays would not be thrown off buildings, innocents would not be beheaded and the major cities of Europe not terrorised.

That’s a special sort of stupid.

The Prince was asked whether he saw a link between climate change, conflict and terrorism, to which he answered, “absolutely”.

Yep and especially stupid given that the myth of the Syrian drought has been busted.

I could forgive the Prince if he was just given to saying foolish things. I have especial affection for his father. And I didn’t give up on the Prince when I learned he talked to his plants. His oxymoronic support for “alternative medicine” didn’t cause me to reject monarchy.

I even looked past his saying mankind had less than eight years to save the planet – six years ago.

But blaming terrorism on climate change isn’t just stupid: it excuses and gives comfort to terrorists. It’s the ultimate blame-the-victim. By that argument, the terror attack on Paris was France’s fault and every other country’s, too. The victims’ governments and their families should have done more to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

In the Prince’s twisted world-view the terrorists are a product of our failure to follow his call to hobble our economies and live a lifestyle he himself resolutely refuses to do.

The Prince is a dangerous, stupid, hypocrite. He gives succour to brutal terrorists. He disrespects the victims, their families, and their communities. He disgusts me.

And me. The calls for a republic will become stronger when Charles is King.


– Herald on Sunday


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