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Well, yeeees, possibly

He repeated his stress with a pen yesterday, angrily thrusting a pen that had leaked to his wife to sort out. It was as if all such issues were beneath him and anything going wrong was someone else’s fault when it was very hard to see why he could not have taken his own pen, filled with suitable ink. I should think he can afford a Mont Blanc. But worse, it showed him as a man who treated his wife like a subservient, and that she was obviously wearily tolerant of this behaviour, suggesting it habitual. It was unbecoming at best.

This coming from the bloke who moved house when his wife went mad – leaving her behind.

Now, I agree, and I’ve said before now that we shouldn’t make fun of those troubles they had. As I understand it she had a rare (ie, around 1 in 10k) reaction to cancer treatment and the colloquial description would be that she went mad. That is, in itself, an horrendous problem in life that deserves nothing but sympathy. Yea even for the Spuds.

And yet moving off to Ely, leaving the wife behind, when this happened – that’s not then a man who gets to critique another man’s behaviour toward his own wife. Or, not in a non-antinomian world it’s not.

Worse was to follow. During the course of yet another church memorial service for the Queen, Charles as the employer of staff at Clarence House, which has been his London home and office, made one hundred of his those employees redundant. He did so as he now inherits the staff at Buckingham Palace. The range of duties of those now redundant is wide, from domestic staff to his finance team.

Staggeringly, during a week when we are, at the request of the government and royal family, officially in mourning and when much normal activity, from cancer treatments onwards, is being cancelled, Charles III found time amongst his own grieving to dispense with the services of staff, some of whom have apparently been in his employment for decades.

Well, yes. Except that, as some reporting seems to point out, the law requires this to be done. So, should they obey the law – be equal before the law – or not?

35 thoughts on “Well, yeeees, possibly”

  1. The Jeremy Vile show mentioned yesterday that it seems to be ok to change ‘the law’ to allow ephebophile in chief Randy Andy to attend one of the services for Brenda wearing his military uniform though………

  2. “…the colloquial description would be that she went mad.”

    An odd form of madness as she was apparently both incapable of doing anything such as looking after the children whilst at the same time able to play a full and significant part in Spud’s LLP. I mean he wouldn’t have been able to apply for all those lovely grants without an LLP to put forward.

    So what little sympathy I might have had for Spud’s personal problems over this disappeared over that particular fiction.

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    I’ve never had much time for Charles but he deserves some slack. His mothers just died, and even though expected it’s still traumatic and he’s being bounced from pillar to post to grieve in public.

    He’s probably so stressed he probably doesn’t know whether to wind his arse or scratch his watch.

  4. Gawd!! *HE* didn’t make those staff redundant, the Queen dying and the office of Prince Charles ceasing to exist made those staff redundant.

  5. And the staff haven’t been in *his* employ for years, they’ve been in the employ of The Prince Charles – that has ceased to exist. Were the staff of Northern Rock sacked? NO. Their jobs vanished along with their employer.

  6. I am a little confused, though. I thought everyone moved up a place so William becomes Prince of Wales and gets Clarence house.

  7. Presumably Prince William, as the new PoW will need staff to run the ‘Office of the Prince of Wales’, just as his father did. Guess who might be first in line for those new jobs?

  8. Andrew C, apparently it’s something to do with the situation that as he and Harry are not ‘working royals’ they aren’t allowed to wear their military gear, but the comment on the show was that an exception was going to be made in one instance for Andrew. At least he and Joe won’t be fighting over the same bit of stuff – Joe prefers ’em young(er).

  9. is there a law preventing ephebophiles from wearing military uniform?

    I thought the gold-digging whore that took him to the cleaners was of legal age, at least in this country.

  10. Dennis, Credentialled Mental Health Amateur

    Staggeringly, during a week when we are, at the request of the government and royal family, officially in mourning and when much normal activity, from cancer treatments onwards, is being cancelled, Charles III found time amongst his own grieving to dispense with the services of staff, some of whom have apparently been in his employment for decades.

    The first thing to note here is that his staff had to be well aware that some of their number would be made redundant after the Queen passed. None of them could not have been aware of that fact.

    The second thing to note here is the alternative; The King delaying the notification of staff of upcoming redundancies. And that would help said staff how? In the real world, people want that sort of information as soon as possible, so they can start looking for work elsewhere.

    The third thing to note here is that in Richard Murphy’s world, the only valid response to positions become redundant is, it seems, to keep the folks on board, pay them, and act like nothing has changed. The fact that such an option doesn’t really exist in the Real World never occurs to him. Not that Murphy actually cares about Charles’ staff, mind you… They are merely the cudgel he has chosen to bludgeon Charles with.

    The forth thing to note is the level of Richard Murphy’s hatred for a man who he does not know personally and has never done him wrong in any way, shape or form. Personally, I chalk it up to the envy and jealousy of a man who has lived a failed life (and knows it), but still, the hatred is genuinely unsettling.

  11. Bloke in the Fourth Reich

    Presumably first to get the sack was the Grand Master Serjeant of the Pens, Pencils, Inkwells and other Writing Instruments. And all 5 deputy Grand Master Serjeants of the Pens ….

  12. Bloke in North Dorset,

    “I’ve never had much time for Charles but he deserves some slack. His mothers just died, and even though expected it’s still traumatic and he’s being bounced from pillar to post to grieve in public.”

    My problem is that these people are, basically, a renaissance fair. They aren’t running the country, burning catholics/protestants, chopping their cousins heads off. If you scrapped the whole thing, it would not make any difference at all, except some people would not get some entertainment.

    And there are 2 big moments in this renaissance fair: coronations and weddings. You can dick around with growing organic food or making speeches about architecture, but weddings and coronations are the main event.

    There are actors and singers who get this. You fight through this, you do your job professionally. If you are very well paid, you find a way to make it work, or you don’t do it. If Charles is going to be as useless as I am in that situation, why can’t I have the big house in Gloucestershire and skiing trips to Klosters?

  13. I believe the title is not “Grand Master Sergeant” but the “Nib Pursuivant”, known affectionately in the trade as “His Nibs” ;-P

  14. Dennis, Pointing Out The Obvious

    What the hell does the PoW need 100 staff for?

    Look at Andy and Harry for the answer of what happens in that family when boys are left unsupervised.

  15. I didn’t like the Prince Charles and the fleeting glimpses we have already seen of an irritable King Charles III don’t fill me with optimism for his reign.

    Whatever your opinion of him, the legal requirements of the redundancy process shouldn’t be laid at his door

  16. Given the choice between being a pen subject to the verbals of an obviously tired and therefore irritable King, or a keyboard subject to the daily fist thumping of the permanently irascible, unhinged and narcissistic Murphy, I’d not find it hard to choose.

  17. If you’ve any idea how the Royals business actually runs, you’ll know that Jug Ears didn’t make any decisions on the matter. They were made for him. By a member of his staff. Which is why there are a hundred of them to be made redundant. The Royals rarely make decisions, although they may express opinions & preferences. And if possible, their opinions get complied with. Very much doubt if anyone even asked him his on this.

  18. Tim

    Great post – and under normal circumstances of course you’d have every sympathy for the predicament Murphy found himself in but when you get unremitting bile towards his opponents – Indeed borderline menace on occasion – remember:
    1 – the discussion on an independent Scotland with Kevin Hague on GERS where he walked out
    2 – His aggression towards either Mark Littlewood or The Oxford Center for Business Taxation
    3 – The spat with the much missed Christie Malry of FCA blog

    and myriad other occasions I can’t echo that noble sentiment. This is a man whom the Quakers should ideally disown if they haven’t already. As close to pure evil as it’s possible to find online outside of the Dark Web. I haven’t got a scintilla of sympathy and hope he suffers complete penury and every misfortune. He’d certainly wish that on me and most of us here.

  19. @BiW

    “I thought the gold-digging whore that took him to the cleaners was of legal age, at least in this country.”

    Apparently, ephebophilia is an interest in those in mid-late adolescence, so 14 or so to 19 or so.

    Meaning it’s perfectly possible (if somewhat seedy) for Prince A (and indeed the late Jeffrey Epstein) to be a legal ephebophile. At least in the UK.

  20. Prince of Wales is an appointed title. Everybody thought Charles would confer it on William at the Coronation (he got it when he was 21). He was going out of his way, and minimising staff turnover, to confer it last Friday.

  21. FIFY:

    And yet moving off to Ely, leaving the wife behind, when this happened – that’s not then a man who gets to critique another man’s behaviour toward his own wife. Or, not in a non-antinomian world it’s not.

  22. Apparently, ephebophilia is an interest in those in mid-late adolescence, so 14 or so to 19 or so.
    There’s a couple of clubs not far from Tim in Vilamoura. Much frequented by Brits with the golfing disease. Possibly people or friends of people comment here. They tend to be in their middle years or older. So considerably older than Andy when he was said to have been despicably randy. They go to the clubs to rent girls for nooky. The general preference of the fat slimy cunts is the chicas look around 18. Which for practical purposes could be anywhere from 12 to late 20’s, couldn’t it? They positively enthuse over them.

    I have a particular view about people like this. You see, the female part of the transaction, the one underneath, what’s going through her head is “The sooner this fat ugly old gilapolla gets done what he’s doing & out of my life, the happier I’ll be” That these cunts’ egos are so armour plated they can neither comprehend or are content with this says a great deal about them. Including that the only way they’re likely to get laid is paying for it.
    I’d say very little of the above applied to Andy.

  23. The pen thing is a bit of a low blow, even coming from the Potato…

    Like him or not, Charles has been in a whirlwind of duties and ceremonies for days on end, often at opposing ends of the country, being literally lived to the bone to get all stuff required of him done.
    Looking at what’s known of his schedule, “sleep” seems to have been an afterthought in all that.
    Actual personal grief over having lost his mother doesn’t even come into it.

    Do a week of that, and all but the staunchest of characters would snap over something like a pen not functioning correctly, or something similarly minor.
    Just shows he’s human, like the rest of us, and presenting it as a “major character flaw” is ….well…. distasteful.

  24. Maybe one of the sacked staff sabotaged the pen. Maybe Charles is irritable because he suffers constant back pain. Maybe the saboteur was well aware of that. Maybe anything; how would I know?

    What I’d like to see explained is how he combines his constitutional duties to the Kirk and the CoE with his Gaia-worshipping paganism.

  25. I find it rather sad, that as the late queen was escorted to Westminster Hall, the only royals not in uniform were Prince Harry and Prince Andrew: the only royals to have put themselves seriously in harm’s way (though the others have given service a-plenty)

  26. A certain agreement there. I think I would have let Andrew, at least, wear his Lt Commander uniform – what he reached as a serving officer, wasn’t it (ah, no Commander)? Without any gold braid etc, just serving uniform, just the straight military medals he actually earned. South Atlantic Medal etc. Perhaps Harry as a Capt (??) similarly. Would make the necessary distinction and yet be fair.

    But then we don’t get to decide these things – nor are we the Fat Controllers who think we should.

  27. Dennis, Clear-Eyed As Always

    I find it rather sad, that as the late queen was escorted to Westminster Hall, the only royals not in uniform were Prince Harry and Prince Andrew: the only royals to have put themselves seriously in harm’s way (though the others have given service a-plenty)

    Quelle surprise! Dumb and Dumber behave like shits and end up being treated like shits.

    Never saw that coming.

  28. “Staggeringly, during a week when we are, at the request of the government and royal family, officially in mourning and when much normal activity, from cancer treatments onwards, is being cancelled”

    I didn’t see him being all that exercised about cancer treatments being cancelled for months on end because of his favoured policy of universal house arrest for the entire country because of the sniffles…….cunt.

  29. Jim

    You’ve got it spot on – he would still have us in lockdown – frankly the sooner some ’far Right extremist’ ‘offs‘ the f&£ler the better- even from a grassy knoll

  30. An existing company is being closed with staff made redundant at the same time that a new company of the same name, owned a relative, starts trading in an identical business from the same location.

    Sounds totally legit.

  31. I read that the princes are being permitted military uniforms for the final stages of the official mourning process. Not sure how much scrambled egg that includes.

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