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Prince Charles has taken to the airwaves to implore those furloughed in the pandemic to go pick the fruits and vegetables in Britain’s fields. Apparently there is a seasonal migrant worker shortage that is resulting in the fruits and veggies mouldering in the fields. Im not a zealous anti-monarchist but having a pampered seventy one year old royal think he’s contributing by suggesting the unemployed toil in the fields does tend to give the republican in me pause.

Id suggest a better messenger. Im glad the Prince has recovered from his bought with the virus and I wish him well in his life of leisure. It is just ironic that a guy with such big ears could be so tone deaf. Long Live The Queen!

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25 thoughts on “The Man Who Would Be Queen

  1. Deep respect for the man who has a man to put toothpaste onto his toothbrush every day. A man to wipe his rear….who travels in vehicles that struggle to reach double figures mpg wise but urges you to save the planet by cycling everywhere. Who passed up a wife who was one of the worlds beauties for a wife of another man. Who is generously less visually pleasing. Yes that ocean going bludger. If he’s taking over from Liz then very long life to Her Maj. Charlie is an ass.

  2. Dog

    Its not true that Charles has a man to wipe his rear…he’s been promoted and now shakes the royal willy after the Prince has a pee 🙂

  3. The crops of Britain’s fields were, until fairly recently, picked by local people. There is nothing wrong in suggesting that this ethic-forming work be done again by local people.

  4. Allan — You always rubbished the suggestion that locals wouldn’t do the work, and ergo migrant workers were something of a necessity.

    Awkward moment for you, horse.

  5. The reason why local people don’t do this sort of work is because life, society and the circumstances of how societies develop doesn’t remain frozen as it was a century ago. As countries advance and educational and working opportunities improve for people, they find better more rewarding work that improves their lifestyles, and those jobs they used to do are then done by people , either from other segments of society or immigrants for whom this work is a step up from their own existing conditions. Its just the cycle of how life changes over the decades. Harking back to the days when millions of local natives did back breaking work, down the mines, in domestic service and on farms for a pittance isn’t going to happen. People rarely do these jobs because they love them, but because they need to. That’s why they are largely nowadays done by immigrant workers.

  6. Colm,

    //Its not true that Charles has a man to wipe his rear…he’s been promoted and now shakes the royal willy after the Prince has a pee 🙂//

    I hope he doesn’t shake it too many times, otherwise that’s another job he’s taken off the hands of the Prince.

  7. Colm

    You have no “ long term unemployed “ who are physically fit, who prefer life on the benefits watching TV all day to picking apples?

    The perverse incentives that our countries have set here up are not advancement. They’ve probably increased inequality and harmed human development

  8. You have no “ long term unemployed “ who are physically fit, who prefer life on the benefits watching TV all day to picking apples?

    Invariably, labour voters.

    Innit.

  9. Phantom

    Oh yes that is also a significant element of the reasons why. But that is also part of the differences between first world developed higher income societies and those where people genuinely starve if they can’t work. Much as I am in favour of reducing easier access to welfare for those who can work , that alone isn’t going to change the huge historic cultural working shifts that alter the nature of the jobs people do in different societies. Get rid of immigration and the natives will do all their jobs isn’t realistic.

  10. Get rid of immigration and the natives will do all their jobs isn’t realistic

    I don’t think that it’s realistic either but I suppose the point Phantom is making is remove welfare benefits and the incentive is removed, which I don’t think is realistic either.

    For example, how do you expect say s forty year old long term unemployed couple with children, single parent etc to uproot for an inner city urban environment to a rural area for seasonal work?

  11. Harri is just engaging in his usual myopic nonsense that all unemployed ‘layabouts’ are leftie Labour voters, ignoring the fact that in recent elections significant numbers voted Brexit UKIP and indeed Conservative, not including the large numbers of unemployed and low income people who don’t participate in elections at all. But that doesn’t fit with Harri’s simplistic one eyed vision.

  12. Steadily reduce benefits for those who are fit and who are in a position to work.

    Allow for those on benefits to do a certain amount of paid work without losing their benefits.

    I’m not one of those who don’t want social safety nets. I want better safety nets than what we have now. But I never want sloth to be rewarded.

    And by the way- There are a huge number of “disabled “ people in the US, Very much higher than in past years, even when modern technology and medical advancements makes it possible for people with many conditions to work who could not have worked before. An awful lot of these cases are borderline or are fake.

    I know several of such people – white males in their forties or fifties, Trump supporting bigmouths Who wouldn’t vote Democrat if their life depended on it? They absolutely could work, but since they are not terribly qualified at anything, the salary that they would earn wouldn’t be much different than the disability check that they get every month.

    https://apps.npr.org/unfit-for-work/

  13. We have spoken about this before and I have sympathy with much of what you have said but specifically in the context above I don’t see how you can expect those in urban environments, particularly those with children, to uproot to a rural environment for seasonal work.

  14. In Hale County, Alabama, nearly 1 in 4 working-age adults is on disability.[2] On the day government checks come in every month, banks stay open late, Main Street fills up with cars, and anybody looking to unload an old TV or armchair has a yard sale.

    Sonny Ryan, a retired judge in town, didn’t hear disability cases in his courtroom. But the subject came up often. He described one exchange he had with a man who was on disability but looked healthy.

    “Just out of curiosity, what is your disability?” the judge asked from the bench.
    “I have high blood pressure,” the man said.
    “So do I,” the judge said. “What else?”
    “I have diabetes.”
    “So do I.”

    There’s no diagnosis called disability. You don’t go to the doctor and the doctor says, “We’ve run the tests and it looks like you have disability.” It’s squishy enough that you can end up with one person with high blood pressure who is labeled disabled and another who is not.

    This is exactly what I’m talking about, from the linked article. I will imagine that this exists in the UK also.

    And If this doesn’t bother a person, a lot, they are part of the problem. This is a really bad system, filled with perverse incentives, that perpetuates poverty from generation to generation

  15. The dude who was the subject of this post has lived off the taxpayer’s tit for 71 years which is a long time to be breastfeeding (unless your mom is Dolly Parton). Hence the irony of his suggestion that others perform manual labor for the good of the nation.

  16. True. It is tone deaf.

    But I wouldn’t trade places with him for the world.

    Who wants to live in that fishbowl?

  17. I watched a really interesting documentary recently about a guy who was a royal chef for about 14 years. He worked at Buckingham palace and on the royal yacht Britannia before it was decommissioned. The unbelievable amount of arty-farty faffing around he had to do with the royal food, which took a tremendous of time and effort, for very little reward was criminal in my opinion.
    The royals really do not live in the real world.

  18. //This is exactly what I’m talking about, from the linked article. I will imagine that this exists in the UK also.//

    I don’t think you have to look as far as the UK or Alabama to find it……

    Do you have those kind of jobs in the US where someone staying at home gets parts of products delivered and has to assemble them on the kitchen table, pack them etc? The products are later picked up.

    It’s usually done here by people who are semi-invalid. A lousy job, lousy pay; but it’s better than watching TV all day and can basically be done by anyone with half a brain and a pair of hands or anyone who spends hours on the Internet or messing around.

    //The dude who was the subject of this post has lived off the taxpayer’s tit for 71 years//

    I’m not sure how the book-keeping goes, but apparently there’s the argument that the royals have so many assets all over the place that they can live on the yields. And that they bring in a lot for the country through tourism, goodwill etc.

    What I think is really mad is the crowd of dossers who really do live off state funds, the vast extended family and “nobility” that hangs around and onto monarchy. At least Charles and that close family have public duties and travel around a lot representing the country etc. The others have no responsibilities and no duties at all and still get paid.

  19. Noel

    Do you have those kind of jobs in the US where someone staying at home gets parts of products delivered and has to assemble them on the kitchen table, pack them etc? The products are later picked up.

    Similar assembly is done by people here as organized by sites like this. I am sure that there are services to assemble smaller things than furniture.

    https://www.taskrabbit.com/services/handyman/assemble-furniture

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