The perfect blogpost opportunity! It’s antimonarchy, antialtmed and involves climate change too. I did post this yesterday but somehow half of it got deleted and I couldn’t be bothered typing it again at the time.
So hopefully most of you will be familiar with Prince Charles and his often unorthodox behaviour. He talks to plants (not an entirely stupid thing to do but it doesn’t have to be a conversation, they respond to any noise, like a radio), he’s very much into his alternative medicine, and indeed he has his own complementary medicine charity. He also has a company called Duchy Originals which sells herbal tinctures. Recently there was coverage of a funny typo which is still there. And then of course he has pledged to declare himself the Defender of Faith should be become monarch, to reflect the multicultural British society. Brilliant.
Anywho now Charlie is turning his hand to climate change. He’s going to write a book and make a film, Al Gore style, under the title Harmony, which will attack big businesses and their effect on the environment. Here’s what he had to say:
“I believe that true ‘sustainability’ depends fundamentally upon us shifting our perception and widening our focus, so that we understand, again, that we have a sacred duty of stewardship of the natural order of things,” said the prince in a statement yesterday. “In some of our actions we now behave as if we were ‘masters of nature’ and, in others, as mere bystanders. If we could rediscover that sense of harmony; that sense of being a part of, rather than apart from nature, we would perhaps be less likely to see the world as some sort of gigantic production system, capable of ever-increasing outputs for our benefit – at no cost.”
Fair play to the guy, I say. I’m sure rationalists and holistics can can be bedfellows on this issue at least for now, although phrases like “sacred duty of stewardship” and “natural order of things” should be ringing alarm bells for some people. To me it seems that holistics care less about actually solving the problem of climate change and more about getting back to nature, which is often at odds with modern science. But as I say, he’s on the right side here.
That was a while ago now. 2 days ago, I came across this blog post from Republic, a campaign group for an elected Head of State (HT Lay Scientist). They point out that The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health, the complementary medicine charity mentioned above, has investments as follows (pg 21 of that pdf):
- £112,000 in Artemis UK Special Situations, which includes investments in BP, Shell, GlaxoSmithKline and BAE systems
- £92,000 in Investec Global Energy, 26% of which is invested in ‘Oil and Gas Exploration’
- £65,000 in Jupiter Emerging European Opportunities Fund, whose top ten holdings include LUKOIL (Russia’s largest oil company) and Gazprom (the world’s largest gas company)
Take a look at that first point. The man who bangs on about climate change, whose new book and film are going to attack big businesses that affect the environment, his charity has large investments in oil and gas companies and funds oil and gas exploration! The babe of the altmed community has investments in GlaxoSmithKline! Astounding. Even if Charles doesn’t have anything to do with this, why does a complementary health charity have investments with GSK? It doesn’t make sense.
Anyway I don’t have Photoshop so I made my own ridiculously crap fail picture on MSPaint. Enjoy.
And whilst we’re on the topic of alternative health, here’s a story from the Irish Independent where a man died from anaphylactic shock an hour after being treated for his peanut allergy by his chiropractor. Yeah, these kinds of people are going to be able to prescribe drugs in British Columbia, but I’m sure it’ll be ok, don’t you worry.