Jenny McCartney, a 'journalist' who writes comment pieces for the Sunday Telegraph, has an excoriating article on the behaviour of the Duke of York.
She questions that an Eastern European paid £3million over the asking price for the Duke and Duchess of York's Sunningdale home - to which I have to ask: So? Do not hundreds, if not thousands, of property transactions take place where properties are sold over the asking price? Have those transactions been queried, hinting at 'wrong-doing'? It is extremely easy to build a case against an individual that 'convention' dictates cannot be publicly refuted. Who amongst us could truthfully say that they would have been glad to be born into the Royal Family - a section of our society that is continually 'under the spotlight'?
Anyway, that is not the subject of this post. What did strike me was the following:
"Britain is respected as a country in which public figures cannot routinely be bought, and corruption is not endemic. Such a rare reputation should not be endangered lightly."
"Businessmen and crooks will always yearn to put British officials in their pocket........but they won't respect them, or Britain, afterwards."
Why this vilification of the Duke of York, when it must be obvious that our politicians have been 'bought' - if not financially then ideologically - more than likely with the promise of future earnings? Have not MPs been 'bought' with the carrot of higher earnings as Secretaries of State or Ministers of State, with the resultant neglect of their duties to their constituents? Why else would politicians agree to sell the right of their country to govern itself? Why else would politicians sell our status as "free men and free women" to what is no more than a foreign totalitarian state?
There are few in the world of journalism that can hold themselves up as one who actually writes what they believe. I would venture that the greater percentage write that which they do because it earns them money.
Unless, of course, Jenny McCartney can prove otherwise?