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  • "Hanging over the nation is the shadow of Balmoral, whose extreme and destructive management – clearing, burning, trashing, overgrazing – overseen by Prince Philip, president emeritus of the World Wide Fund for Nature, is mimicked by the other landowners. Little has changed there since Victoria and Albert adopted an ersatz version of the clothes and customs of the people who had just been cleared from the land. This balmorality is equivalent to Marie Antoinette dressing up as a milkmaid while the people of France starved, but such is Britain’s culture of deference that we fail to see it. Today they mix the tartans with the fancy dress of Edwardian squires, harking back to the last time Britain was this unequal."

    - George Monbiot, Highland Spring?,, 19 May 2014.

    May 20, 2014

  • Surely Mr. Monbiot is too hard on the Saxe-Coburg-Gothas:

    They are humble tillers of soil

    Arrested in poses of toil,

    Living quite Spartan

    In ruffles and tartan,

    Lamenting the lot of the royal.

    May 21, 2014