Long Live the Prince of Wales
The Prince of Wales reveals his exasperation at Tony Blair's style of government in a private travel journal released by the High Court yesterday......
"But they are all in such a hurry, so never really learn about anything. Then they take decisions based on market research and focus groups, on the papers produced by advisers and civil servants, none of whom will have experienced what it is they are taking decisions about."
The journal also reveals his growing realisation that something was not quite right about his Club Class seat on the top deck of the BA 747 flying out to Hong Kong.
"It took me some time to realise that this was not First Class although it puzzled me as to why the seat seemed so uncomfortable," he wrote.
He then discovered that other dignitaries, including Edward Heath, Douglas Hurd and "the new Foreign Secretary Robin Cook" as well as Paddy Ashdown, the Liberal Democrat leader, were all "ensconced in First Class below us".
"Such is the end of the Empire, I sighed to myself".
I'm not surprised he talks to trees, If I had to put up with our "political elite" day after day I think I would also think that a Aesculus hippocastanum would have more sense than the front bench.