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Friday, January 14, 2005

Harrygate: Whole country to blame

Day 2 of Harrygate, and things getting ever more out of proportion. The Daily Mail wonders why Charles and Camilla haven't cut their holiday short while the BBC talks of an international furore.

The Israeli press has been relatively guarded, though there is this from Yediot Aharonot:

"Prince Harry's foolish deed, no matter how repulsive, abhorrent and infuriating, is not the root of the problem. The root of the problem, or indeed the whole problem, is the fact that in a public opinion poll more than half the respondents believed no fuss should be made of the story," the paper says.

It argues that "if most respondents in Britain are not exercised by this", then they have not learned the lesson of the Holocaust.

I was quite gratified to see the BBC poll showing a majority takes the view that no further apology is required from the Prince. Judging by the hyperbolic reaction of most newspapers and the BBC you would have thought that the Prince had expressed a personal interest in genocide, and it was some comfort to discover that my view of the matter - as concerning merely an unfortunate choice of fancy dress costume rather than as a deliberate insult to murdered Jewry - was widely held. But now I learn that my country and I are to blame. The problem is with those of us who think too much fuss is being made. We have not learned the lesson of the Holocaust, and this sickness pervades our entire country.

In Britain we have always laughed at Nazis and other jumped-up despots. When we do so we are not making light of their terrible crimes but we are showing that we find their pretensions risible. This is one reason why our country proved so resistant to the totalitarian fashion that swept most of Europe in the 20th Century. The other reason was our constitutional monarchy.

UPDATE 16/01/05

My far from obtuse partner asks "what is the lesson of the holocaust?" Not as obvious as it seems.


At 14 January 2005 at 15:25, Blogger Jorgen said...

They are hysterical. The people in Rommel's German Afrika Korps were made up of honourable soldiers. I suppose it is all part of that dangerous political correctness that is the hallmark of the socialistic governments in the EU.
(Quite another thing is that these soldiers did not dress quite like the Prince:


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