The Prince of Wales writes ...
The heir to the British throne, Charles, Prince of Wales, did something pretty special today.
Through the pages of the UK tabloid The Daily Mirror, he communicated to us all in a very special way; as a contributing newspaper writer.
Surely, any editor anywhere in the world would have freely given his eye-teeth and much more, to have found himself in the enviable position of being able to print an article -- with a by-line like this.
14 July 2005
PRINCE CHARLES: TRUE MUSLIMS MUST ROOT OUT THE EXTREMISTS
BY PRINCE CHARLES
Whether one loves the man or loathes him, whether one is a royalist or a republican, it has to be admitted that today 'the boy done good'.
Here's an example of both what he had to say, and how he chose to say it.
The events of the past week have shocked everyone in the United Kingdom. At noon today, when the country stops for two minutes silence, we have a chance to remember and reflect.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with those caught up in these terrible events, and we will recall with gratitude the wonderful work of the emergency services. The way in which London has coped in the past week is, I think, a cause for real national pride.
And in the interests of fairness and balance, he went on to write as follows.
As I understand it, Islam preaches humanity, tolerance and a sense of community, as do Christianity, Judaism and all the great faiths. It is for this reason that so many Muslims have been quick to condemn these and other atrocities.
They are right to say these acts have nothing to do with any true faith. Those who claim to have murdered in the name of Islam have no care for the lives they have so brutally destroyed.
Well said, sir, say I. The whole tone of that carefully thought out and well written piece, was just right.
As witness this further excerpt.
Britain has the proudest tradition of accommodating new communities. Over recent centuries we have seen how, first Protestants, then Jews, then Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus, have enhanced not just the towns and cities where they have settled, but the whole of society.
So many millions of words have already been written about the awful events of 7/7 by so many people in so many different places, that This Old Brit - for once - feels genuinely inclined not to compete for anyone's attention today. Let's leave it all to Prince Charles.
The fact is that Mr Windsor appears to have made a fine job already, of expressing what I and so many others feel and think. And I very much doubt that any of us could have aired and shared in any better way. Certainly, nobody else could have done so - as officially and as authoritatively.
So for now it's goodbye from me, and straight on over to him.