Royal Rebel

Royal rebel Prince Charles’s outburst against GM foods was mocked as an unscientific rant. But do his views deserve to be derided as green-ink ravings, or is he a green hero for our times?

For environmental campaigners who are also republicans, the Prince of Wales is a bit of a thorn in the flesh. He’s involved in just about all the principal issues – championing organic agriculture, supporting local produce, rainforest campaigning, and sounding off about GM foods. Whereas in the past it might have been possible to ignore him as an eccentric fellow traveller, these days his views often sound so like those of the leading environmental NGOs, that increasingly they are having to ask themselves: does he know what he’s talking about? Is he an asset or a liability?

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/aug/16/prince.charles.gm

Lets get personal

Charles and Camilla’s wedding is a chance to inflict some real damage

The wedding of Charles and Camilla offers plenty of opportunity for republicans to score some goals. They could deride the useless royal advisers who failed to check the venue’s viability and, more spectacularly, the legality of the marriage itself. They could expose an India rubber constitution that resists change but creates new categories such as “Princess Consort” when the need arises. They could highlight Charles’s hypocrisy, falling back on the human rights legislation that he so often rails against. They could capitalise on the unpopularity of Camilla or dwell on our first family snubbing each other’s nuptials. But republicans have had nothing to say.

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/mar/19/monarchy.comment

No thanks, Camilla

The Queen meets her eldest son’s mistress at a barbecue. It is hardly the stuff of true romance

One glimpse at the newspapers is enough to tell us that the royal soap is being revived for another season. Most papers made front page news of Camilla Parker Bowles’s weekend meeting with the Queen, while the tabloids also devoted several pages to speculation over whether the Prince of Wales will now marry Camilla. For the Sun this casual encounter over a barbecue was “the royal story of the year” and for the Express and Mirror, “a historic meeting”. Even the Times led with “Camilla and Carey hold secret talks”, making it as significant as negotiations to scrap the nuclear arsenal.

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/jun/06/monarchy.comment