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The Sounds of Silence

By Mike Cunningham On June 4th, 2020

It is a fact that sometime you don’t really know how much you miss something,  until it isn’t there any more. For the past fourteen years, I have based myself at my family home in Durham. The one constant, the one thing which has certainly been an invisible companion is a noise. It is the sound of children. Young children, who come virtually every weekday to their school, a school whose grassed play area abuts onto my garden. For all that time, when school has been in session, I look forward to the sounds which tell me that life does go on. I hear the shrieks of laughter, the sounds of small people arguing, I hear the sounds of children at play: and what could be more innocent than that? The past weeks, when the world has virtually shut down, those voices have been missed so much more because the silence has spread beyond those gates, and on into  the wide world.

However, there have been certain sounds which I have not missed, mainly because they are the sounds of Celebrities incessantly yammering on about areas of life of which they know so little; but because they  are famous, and because they feel the need to keep their ‘profiles’ to the foreground: they speak, and speak; on, and on, and on.

A comparative newcomer to this field is the actress, and now the slightly-miffed former Senior Royal, the Duchess of Sussex; a.k.a. Meghan. After having got her pussy-whipped Prince so thoroughly attuned to her needs, and after realising that she didn’t like having to do the things which being part of our Royal Family entails; instead of doing exactly what she wanted, she grabs Harry by the scrotum, and departs for Canada, baby son in tow. After being told, bluntly, by Canada that free full security protection wasn’t on the cards, she skipped out by her favourite transport; someone else’s private jet; and lands up in a gilded part of Los Angeles.

But, being Meghan, she inherited the idea that, because she was now doubly famous, being both a ‘Celeb’ and a Duchess, no matter how far removed for the real Royals; she ‘had to speak out’ about the death of a career criminal at the hands of a Minneapolis policeman.

She spoke of George Floyd, adding ‘life matters’. She also spoke of  Breonna Taylor, and Philando Castile, and Tamir Rice’ again adding the key phrase ‘life matters’.

All  of which is true, and apposite, and movingly spoken as well; well, as movingly as any actress who has had to learn to emote on schedule.

It seems to me that this woman missed out only one name from  that sad parade of death, but she omitted the name of Cody Holte from that litany of sadness. Why Cody’s name? He was the victim of three AK-47 bullets, fired by a career criminal who was being served with an eviction notice. I just wonder why Meghan didn’t feel the need to honour this man? Was it because he didn’t fit the profile: Black man killed by White cop; but instead filled the flip side of that profile: White cop killed by Black man?

16 Responses to “The Sounds of Silence”

  1. Mike – I share your sentiments on “the celebrity formerly known as Duchess” in general but not your conclusion about the name she didn’t mention. That is a separate situation.

    A more appropriate comparison would have been to raise the name(s) of dubios killings by police where the deceased was white . As this whole current controversy is about unjustified police killings, why are ‘celebrities’ only drawing up lists and mention names where the deceased are black ?

  2. Markle was doing what we all do here, giving her opinions on a public and as for her speaking about a black man killed by a state agent and not a state agent killed by a black man, so what? Does condemning Turkish genocide of Armenians while not mentioning Nazi genocide of Jews make any of them less legitimate?

    It’s amusing to see that Markle is still a target of ire for the right wing.

  3. I also find it amusing that all of a sudden a wealthy privileged ‘Royal’ has now become a heroine and’ victim’ for many on the left.

  4. Cody Holte


    The subject was arrested at the scene and subsequently charged with two counts of murder.”

    Were the murderers of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, and Tamir Rice arrested at the scene?

  5. Mike detests her because of her mixed race. The “facts” are irrelevant, and if someone can point me to any prior post where Mike wrote about Cody Holte I’ll eat my hat.

  6. I think the ‘criticism of her because of her race’ only claim can be a bit overplayed.

  7. I rarely comment upon the comments on any post I have published, letting the readers comment for and against any arguments I have made, but I will, on this occasion, and will do so strongly.

    I have never, ever, commented upon the race, skin colour or any characteristics of the Duchess of Sussex. I believe the only comment I have written is a favourable one, as the former Meghan Markle, being a television actress, was well used to the spotlight, but only wondered if she was ready for the supreme spotlight which would be shone upon her, due to her forthcoming nuptials with Prince Harry.

    I would therefore demand categorical and immediate retraction of the statement made by Mahons, or Mahoney, and an apology, in the same comments sector as that disgraceful comment/allegation was made.

    If this apology is not forthcoming, I shall be in contact with David, and will be asking that Mahons name be removed from this blog until such time as he decides to issue that apology!

  8. good luck Mike.

    He has no Honor.

  9. I wonder what Harry’s father, Captain James Hewitt thinks if his son’s liberal antics?

    The Queens Corgis have more Royal blue blood than Harry.

  10. Original Harri !

  11. Mike -I have reread your post and you are correct, I see no racial slight or innuendo against the Duchess. It was therefore wrong of me to write that your objection to her was based on a racial animus and I retract that comment and apologize for making it.

  12. Mahons,

    Accepted, and Noted!

  13. Fair play Mahons. Now will Harri apologise to Prince Harry for questioning his parentage? 🙂

  14. Paul

    In a word


    It’s the worst kept secret in Great Britain.

  15. “African blood had penetrated the royal bloodline”

    Oh no it hasn’t.

    Of course, Harry and his father absolutely look nothing like each other…no sire.


  16. very good Mahons……