Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Prince Of Wales Misinterpreted Again

The Monarchist League of New Zealand Inc.

Press Release

20 November 2004

Doubtless a casual observer of recent publicity given to comments by the Prince of Wales would be liable to fall for the insinuation that his views are old-fashioned and therefore wrong. This insinuation (which presupposes that old-fashioned was a term of abuse or ridicule) appears to add to the media-engendered perception that Prince Charles is eccentric or out of touch. Yet if we look at what the Prince actually wrote, we see a completely different picture. The Prince wrote a private memorandum in response to a request by Clarence House personal assistant Elaine Day for the right of promotion to assistant private secretary.

Miss Day is pursuing an unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claim against the Prince of Wales's Office. She has used the Prince's memo to put pressure on Clarence House to settle the employment tribunal case, or to bolster her own flimsy case, by casting aspersions against her former employers. The picture she is trying to create is that the office is hierarchical, and that secretaries such as her were not allowed to "rise above their station". The memo must be seen in this context.

The memo itself was understandable and quite proper in the context in which it was written. The Prince of Wales's office is run like any government department, albeit a very small one. As in any such organisation, it would be impractical for someone who was hired as a typist to be promoted direct to a policy or executive position, which is what she was asking for. To allege, as even some otherwise respectable media have done in the past few days, that the Prince has written against people aspiring to improve themselves, is a dishonest travesty, and a gross distortion of what he wrote.

The Prince has for long campaigned to give young people the opportunity to achieve their goals, particularly through the Prince's Trust, which he founded nearly 30 years ago. These goals must be realistic, however, which Miss Day's weren't. The Prince of Wales simply said that he couldn't understand the expectation of promotion without requisite training, ability or experience.

The lesson we might learn is that politicians and the media will never miss an opportunity at headline grabbing, whoever and whatever may suffer in consequence. Truth will often be sacrificed in the interests of a "good" story (one which will sell more papers). It must be a bitter disappointment to Prince Charles that, after all the years he has run the Prince's Trust and similar initiatives, more attention is focused on one memo (taken out of context and selectively quoted) than all the worthwhile work which his organisations have done, and continue to do, under his leadership and direction.

Dr Noel Cox
Chairman
The Monarchist League of New Zealand Inc
http://www.geocities.com/Capitolhill/Parliament/7802


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Global Factors Facing TV3

Oaktree Capital gave MediaWorks a gallows reprieve in 2013 by pushing out its former Australian owner Ironbridge and facilitating a receivership-driven restructure that enabled MediaWorks to shed a burden of tax liabilities and international programme purchasing contracts. Oaktree eventually assumed 100% ownership of Mediaworks in 2015.

But here’s the rub. In May of this year, Oaktree itself was bought into by the giant Canadian firm Brookfields Asset Management... In the light of the Brookfields stake and the uncertain state of the global economy, Oaktree has come under pressure to shed and/or streamline the underperforming assets in its portfolio. More>>

 

Bullying Investigations: Police Commissioner Announces Independent Review

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has today announced an independent review of the systems and processes NZ Police has in place to address complaints of bullying. More>>

PM's Post-Cab: Now We Are Two

Questions covered Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters' comments on the potential closure of Mediaworks' television channels, the Auckland light rail planning process, the select committee report on the Zero Carbon Bill and its methane target range... More>>

Court Issues New Guildines: Revamp Of Meth Sentencing Welcomed

The court accepted submissions by both the New Zealand Bar Association and the New Zealand Law Society that rather than solely focusing on the quantity of meth involved, there should be greater focus on the role of the offender. More>>

ALSO:

'Armed Response Teams': Armed Police "Will Cause American-Style Shootings"

The Police Commissioner's announcement that squadcars of officers with automatic rifles will patrol New Zealand's streets is dangerous and unnecessary, according to the criminal justice community organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa. The ... More>>

ALSO:

Control Orders: Amnesty Says Don't Rush Terrorism Bill

"The problem is, we often see the word “terrorism” being applied broadly by oppressive regimes to detain innocent people who're simply rallying for a better life." More>>

ALSO:

Expert Reaction: $17 million To Fight Online Extremist Content

The Department of Internal Affairs will double its work investigating and preventing violent extremism online. Funding will also help bolster the Chief Censor's work to make fast decisions about harmful content. More>>

ALSO:

Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels