On Prince Philip's passing
One would be living under a very, very large rock – to have missed Prince Philip's passing last Friday. Husband to the Queen for seven decades, Philip's death marked the end of one of the longest tenures served by the Royal Consort in British history.
The usual suspects in the media have not slacked off – clearly. One side has taken to adulating the man in its commemoration – portraying any and all criticisms and critiques of his legacy as inappropriate, and embellishing the Prince's legacy with praise of all sorts, ranging from celebrating his ostensible devotion to wildlife preservation, to his sturdy and no-nonsense character, to his caustic – at times juvenile – sense of humour. On the other hand, others have jumped to castigating the Prince as an anachronistic relic, a fossil whose death has long been in waiting, and whose impacts on the world have been remarkably limited, if not detrimental. Allegations of 'politicisation' and 'lackeys' abound – perhaps this, indeed, is a most tragic indictment of the current media landscape in Britain and across the world. ...