Quote Unquote

One of the staples of the Sunday papers is the quotes of the week columns. Prince Charles took pride of place this week with his observation that we oiks are getting above our collective station in life. Here are two:

“What’s wrong with everyone nowadays? What is it that makes everyone seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their technical capabilities?”

Mail on Sunday

“What is wrong with everyone nowadays? Why do they all seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their actual capabilities”

Sunday Times

Now bearing in mind that this quote was taken from a written memo, why the differences in the wording? Did the journalists read it, or did they receive it second-hand? Either way, I don’t see how they can draw any conclusions about what the Clown Prince actually meant.

And he has a point. If you were a carpenter say, and some snotty kid straight from school said they could do your job because they’d been good at woodwork, you’d be bloody insulted.

Certainly we should all be allowed to realise our potential, but we shouldn’t be taught to be unrealistic in our ambitions. That way sadness lies. You can read the full quote here, or at least I think it’s accurate.

I can’t believe this is the second time I’ve defended Prince Charles in this blog — time to revisit my republican tendencies I think.

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