|News of the World revenge on the Royal Family|
|Written by Professor David Flint AM|
|Sunday, 11 January 2009|
The latest "beat-up" about Prince Harry by The News of The World should not surprise anyone. The London tabloid has been waiting to punish the Royal Family ever since a journalist and its “royal editor” were arrested over two years ago and found guilty of what the judge described as serious criminal conduct.
You might have thought they had extracted sufficient revenge when in 2006 another Murdoch newspaper, The Sun, published three year old photographs of Prince Harry in an obvious, underhand and vicious attempt to create problems for him with his current lady friend.
That fabrication went around the world, but when the true story emerged – that these were old photographs – The Sun refused to apologise for its appalling conduct.
Now the News of the World has found – we suspect bought – a video which shows Prince Harry engaging in the sort of banter young men in the army typically engage in. And it is three years old.
It is of course likely that the journalists affecting mock horror at the video have never served their country and accordingly are unaware of what happens in the military. They invite visitors to their site to watch “Harry’s racist video shame”.
Just who do they think they are kidding with their faux sense of rectitude? It would be good to hear some tapes of these journalists; as a profession they are not known for using the language of the clergy.
Anyone who is identified as coming from an ethnic minority, and who is a mature person, knows this, especially those who have spent some time in military service or in similar places.
This is just a beat-up by a tabloid that lives on this sort of thing, owned by the American who recently told Australians in the Antipodean version of the Reith Lectures that Australia must become a republic.... so we can be independent.
This is certainly a beat-up by the News of the World to extract revenge from the Royal Family. But is it also part of a broader agenda directed against the very existence of the Crown as a constitutional institution in each of the Commonwealth Realms?
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