There are many things wrong with Prince Charles. As a person, these are:
- his tendency to espouse nonsense such as homeopathy and other pseudoscience, and to gain financially from such promotion.
- his tendency for political interference, to meddle.
Of the above, his attachment to pseudosciences and other bunk demonstrate deficiencies in his critical thinking skills. It is for these reasons that I have previously called him a blithering idiot. I recognise that Prince Charles is what he is because of the circumstances forced upon him when he was growing up, that he is as much a victim as anything else. But he is what he is. And he takes great delight in that, and great delight in the huge sums of money that Duchy Originals makes for him in selling bunk. And for that he has earned no respect, no sympathy. I think David Mitchell’s article “Prince Charles isn’t a bad guy, but does that mean we have to listen to him?” is too respectful. Prince Charles’s position puts him in a highly influential piston, a position that he has not earned and which he as abused. He is a bad man.
There is another problem with Prince Charles; not so much of him as a person but of him being a member of the British Monarchy. Monarchies deserve no place in modern democracies. But many people do feel some romantic attachment to the Monarchy and I expect that it may take a very long time before there is constitutional change to finally remove this anachronism from British politics.
Some people argue that this would adversely impact the number of tourists visiting the UK. Perhaps. But I doubt that it will be a big impact. Tourists do not come to the UK expecting to see the Queen. Rather, I expect that one of their key reasons to visit the UK is to see palaces and the pomp and pomposity that surrounds that. Let’s be clear, all that can still be kept. But the head of state then becomes someone appointed to that role in a republic, perhaps rather like the way India or Germany appoints/elects a distinguished person to President; a person who has no real political role, but someone that people can look up to, someone who has earned the right to be respected.
Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010