Unfortunately, it is not only his skin that is thick. Asked by CNN whether he believed that the situation in Iraq was now improving, he replied that he could not answer because this was "almost a university PhD question".
Then, remembering finally what he was in America for, he said, "Now I realise that what keeps us all going is international commerce, it\’s global trade. In some cases, politics keep a lot of people thinking, but what actually makes the world go round is the commerce that goes on." His dismissal of politics as inconsequential in the midst of the most gripping presidential election campaign in years might also have seemed insulting to the US if uttered by anyone else, but Prince Andrew\’s grasp of such matters is clearly so tenuous that it could only have aroused pity.
It is frankly embarrassing that Britain should be represented in any capacity by such a halfwit, and it is inconceivable that Prince Andrew would have been chosen as a trade ambassador for this country had he not been a member of the royal family.
If you\’re going to call someone a halfwit, it helps if you make sure that what they\’re saying is in fact half-witted.
Trade and commerce are indeed vastly more important that which politician sits atop the greasy pole. Vastly so.