As the UK establishment forces ponder what they can do about Scottish support for independence and decide to send a super-rich prince, to flaunt his wealth and sense of entitlement, in a country also moving to the republican left, I’m reminded of Frankie Boyle’s comments on Afghanistan and Prince Harry.
He said, as I remember it:
How can we teach the Afghans about democracy? I know, let’s send a prince to shoot at them from a helicopter!
A more subtle approach is proposed in our hilly wee land and this prince, though also helicopter-capable, will be helicoptered in for a more gentle charm offensive, exploiting any residue of sympathy for his mum, still lingering here.
But, wait, isn’t there something missing here? Why isn’t his dad, next in line to save us from our dreams? The surely-imminent Charles III has worn kilts more frequently than any other royal, fled here to escape Covid and was tortured in one of our ‘great’ schools. What more does he have to do to get the nod?
He has even presented our weather!
And, he has written 44 times to the Scottish Government to urge them to support the Soil Association: https://theferret.scot/private-letters-prince-charles-salmond/
The man is positively part of the landscape here.
Who’s up for a petition?