"From his childhood onwards this boy will be surrounded by sycophants and flatterers. In due course, following the precedent which has already been set, he will be sent on a tour of the world and probably rumours of a morganatic marriage alliance will follow, and the end of it will be the country will be called upon to pay the bill"
- Hardie, James Keir (on Monarchy)
It would be truculent of me not to acknowledge the 90 Th. birthday of Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen's Consort so consider it done. We should be thankful that he chose to settle in this island when his own Royal Family business went pear shaped, we should be proud that he chose us right? He has turned doing nothing into an art form and demands that he is given credit for doing whatever it is that he does and we are thus reminded by him that "there is one born every minute" Seemingly normal and reasonably intelligent people still queue at ungodly hours in all kinds of weather to gain a vantage point from which they can catch a fleeting glimpse of him and Betty as they pass by in a big car, why do they do it, what makes people so obsequious, do they in their more lucid moments really believe that there is any value in the charade they see before them? The great American showman P.T. Barnum once said "every crowd has a silver lining" that will have to do for now but, we are being taken for a ride by the greatest scam ever inflicted by one group of people on another , Monarchy.
One cannot but be impressed by Phil's longevity, considering the arduous life he has led; the trials and tribulations; the ruggedness of his daily toil. It is remarkable that he and of course Betty have reached such a grand age. Not only that but they are still able and eager to keep on robbing the public for as much as they can get out of us, say what you will but the word for this has to be devotion, some might say greed; off with their heads! it is nothing short of outstanding commitment to the cause of avarice. When you consider that others such as coal miners; deep sea fishermen; firemen; police; doctors etc. do not manage to live as long despite not having to put up with the harshness of life as a Royal you really have to give your forelock a tug and your hat a doff in their direction, Al Capone, The Krays, Ronnie Biggs; Bonnie & Clyde, sorry but you are amateurs when this firm is in town.