In 1962, Prince Phillip insisted on going ahead with a Tiger hunt, despite protests from British and Indian politicians. He defended his decision to shoot a tiger following the incident, saying they were not endangered.
By 1972, the Tiger population of India had almost been wiped out.
At the time of the shooting, the Prince was ‘helping to found’ the WWF.
In his book “Queen of the World,” royal author Robert Hardman detailed the incident.
The Maharajah was very clear about the main purpose of the visit: The Duke of Edinburgh was going to shoot a tiger. At the very moment the Duke was in the process of establishing the World Wildlife Fund, which would be founded four months later. 1
‘Derogatory’ and ‘cruel’ letters from the Prince to his daughter-in-law, Princess Diana, were seen by one of her aides and described in the inquest into her death in 2004. 2
His former servants have described him as ‘intolerant of failure’ and ‘vicious in criticism.’ 3
There’s more evidence of an unpleasant nature but the above is enough to make this assessment from the Herald’s Iain Macwhirter sound like toadying:
Where does Macwhirter get his evidence? He ‘knew’ him as Chancellor of Edinburgh University when he, Macwhirter, was rector in 2009. Oh well, all the other stuff must be made up.
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Macwhirter , what an oaf , a sickening fool pampering the royals with false praise .
Macwhirter and those like him needs some fives
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Do you mean he needs to get off his knees? McWhirty is a BritNat, paid very well for his services to his masters. As Upton Sinclair said, ‘it difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it’.
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How about a bunch
It isn’t easy to escape the perspective of one’s cultural learning and social position, though a bit of ethnography can help. 😉
Beverley Skeggs, Formation of Class and Gender: Becoming Respectable
“Beverley Skeggs’ overall project in her book under review is to reinstate
class in feminist and cultural theory from which, according to her, it has all
but disappeared. Skeggs, however, rightly feels that to abandon class as a
theoretical tool does not establish its non-existence, only that some ’up
market’ theorists do not value it. Skeggs is of the opinion that retreat from
class draws attention away from exploitation and that when a retreat is
mounted it is pertinent to ask whose experiences are being silenced, whose
lives are being ignored, and who is considered worthy of study and why.”
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CB you might like these quotes if you haven’t already seen them…right up your street perhaps.
Billionaires like the so called royals could be saving (whats left of 😦 ) the flora and fauna of the planet, but they are part of the problem, a large part. The rich are wrecking the planet. The more I read about space exploration and potentially habitable planets, or moons, the more it seems the rich have notions of a planet B. Bye bye then, off in your rockets!
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I just have to share this it’s so apt.
‘Journalism is one of the devices whereby industrial autocracy keeps its control over political democracy; it is the day-by-day, between-elections propaganda, whereby the minds of the people are kept in a state of acquiescence, so that when the crisis of an election comes, they go to the polls and cast their ballots for either one of the two candidates of their exploiters’. Upton Sinclair.
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So “founder of the World Wildlife Fund’?
On a previous thread here today I wrote this on the origins of the Duke of Edinburgh Award: “My criticism here is of the media and of the prevailing attitude to the worth of royal persons by so many in the UK. For me there is merit on all matters at all times to ensure a critical assessment of the degree of deserved attribution. This is especially warranted when we are being bombarded as now with praise of a life of exceptional wealth and exceptional privilege!”
So what about the founding of the WWF?
‘WWF was established in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals who sought to secure the funding necessary to protect places and species that were threatened by human development.
‘Inspired by a series of articles in a UK newspaper written by Sir Julian Huxley about the destruction of habitat and wildlife in East Africa, businessman Victor Stolan pointed out the urgent need for an international organization to raise funds for conservation. The idea was then shared with Max Nicholson, Director General of British government agency Nature Conservancy, who enthusiastically took up the challenge.
‘Nicholson … drafted a plan in April 1961 that served as a basis for WWF’s founding, which was then endorsed by the executive board of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in a document known as the Morges Manifesto.
‘Nicholson and approximately two dozen other individuals –including Sir Peter Scott, a member of IUCN’s executive board who had signed the Morges Manifesto and later became WWF’s first vice president – hammered out the details of the new organization in a series of meetings over the following months. This included choosing the name World Wildlife Fund and adopting the now-famous panda logo.
‘The first three “national appeals” (now called national organizations) were also established in 1961 in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the United States.’
And then we learn that: ‘H.R.H. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in 1961 became president of the British National Appeal, the first national organization in the World Wildlife Fund family.’
Other sources describe how the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award is WWF’s premier award. At its inception in 1970 it was known as the WWF Gold Medal, but on Prince Philip’s retirement as WWF International’s president in 1996 it was renamed the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal as a tribute to him. Since 2014 it has been called the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award.
So firm evidence of deserved attribution would be welcome – again!
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“The rank is but the guinea stamp” pondered through my mind slowly.
Well one good thing has come out of it as any doubt about MacWhirter’s BritNat credentials have been removed.
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The biggest consumers on the planet and they lecture everyone else. The cheek of it. Tax evading made them mighty rich. Extremely wealthy. Charles pays 10% on £20Million. No corporation or capital gains tax. The wealth is so excessive plus public funding. They should slim down or bow out.
They watch and interfere in Westminster bills and decisions illegally. So they can be exempt. They are supposed to be impartial but they meddle. Their financial dealing are kept secret. Tax evaded and protected. By an Act of Parliament. They claim to be just like other people. They are definitely not. Dysfunctional family by all accounts.
Macwhirter is the worst kind of sniveling groveler. A born-again brown noser.
They want to mine Mar’s assets. Minerals lying on the ground on Mars. Within a decade they will be gathering minerals from Mars. Hoovering them up. They are becoming scarce on earth. They are only available in few places. Worth £Millions/Billions. Microscopic particles used in computers and phones etc.
The strongest in the world materials. Indestructible. Stronger than diamonds. One of the strongest. Tungsten etc. A tonnes lorry can run over the compound without any diverse affect. Earth is running out of some minerals and compounds. Unless alternatives can be found. Discovered or invented.