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Words and costs — 4 Comments

  1. Very true Ian. There are calls for an economic boycott of Zimbabwe but this would only make the suffering of the poor worse. Similar in Afghanistan where poppies continue to be a basic trade . . .I’m a supporter of such things as Fair Trade products or water provisioning in African villages rather than cutting people off to make a point. It’s the ‘feed a man a fish and you feed him for a day, show him how to fish and he feasts forever kind of thing. I’m sure it’s going on but seems to attract less attention than the boycott principal.

  2. I was listening to the BBC today programme and the BBC world service as they gave massive air time to Prince Charles.

    I was puzzled; does the BBC or the Royal Family think Brazilians will care about that spoilt rich kid’s opinion?

    Then it occurred to me, if Brazil chops down the Amazon forests Prince Charles won’t be able to heat/air condition his dozen or so palaces, and other residences, run and maintain his hundreds of cars, etc live the luxurious lifestyle he is accustomed to and still stay carbon neutral (lol) with cheap carbon offsets.

    As an incentive, Prince Charles has apparently offered Lula da Silva a job as cleaner to his personal footman, after he steps down in 2010.

  3. King Victor,

    I’m a little surprised that you’re still around, I thought you had died soon after the fall of Mussolini – well, there you are, the enduring power of aristocracy.

    I don’t suppose the Brazilians will care too much, any more than they pay attention to the plethora of NGOs. But I don’t think Charles is any more irrelevant than the multimillionaire rock star who lives in my neighbourhood behind fortress like walls and lectures the world on doing something for the poor.

  4. It doesn’t really matter who anyone is they do sometimes have something to say that’s valid. i’m not the exactly the world’s greatest royalist and yet I sometimes think Prince charles has some good points to make.

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