Friday, November 04, 2005

The Politeness of Princes

I have a soft spot for Prince Charles - he was unfairly blamed for the breakdown of his marriage, but he's soldiered on and has sound views on architecture. However, like many Brits, he's so polite that people often don't have a clue what he's talking about.

Here's the London Telegraph reporting his speech in Washington.

Ever so diplomatically, Charles tells Bush to give a lead on global warming

The prince chose a White House banquet and an audience of opinion-formers at which to impart his views on climate change and religious tolerance.

Raising a toast to President George W Bush, he reminded him that the world looked to the US for a lead on vital subjects. "So many people throughout the world look to the United States for a lead on the most crucial issues that face our planet and indeed the lives of our grandchildren".

There is no way the President could decode this as a plea to be nice to head-hackers and shut down US power plants. In fact he will have interpreted it as stalwart support for the US GWOT and CO2 reduction plan, and clapped heartily.

I'm guessing that the Prince's lefty advisers told him the stick it to the President, but that Charles declined since he would never insult his host. So the advisers leaked this spin to the Brit MSM, who politely printed it. Nobody else noticed, so no harm done.