Friday, June 10, 2011

The Duke's day

Best wishes to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, consort of the Queen of England, on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

Phil's offhand remarks often offend either protocol or common civility. Here are a few samples:
• China State Visit, 1986: "If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed."

• To a blind women with a guide dog: “Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?”

• To an Aborigine in Australia: “Do you still throw spears at each other?”

• When asked if he would like to visit the Soviet Union: “The bastards murdered half my family.”

• To a driving instructor in Scotland: “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?”

• To a student who had been trekking in Papua New Guinea: “You managed not to get eaten, then?”

• To Elton John after hearing Elton had sold his Gold Aston Martin: “Oh, it’s you that owns that ghastly car – we often see it when driving to Windsor Castle.”

• On the London Traffic Debate: “The problem with London is the tourists. They cause the congestion. If we could just stop tourism, we could stop the congestion.”

• To the President of Nigeria, dressed in traditional robes: “You look like you’re ready for bed!”

• On key problems facing Brazil: “Brazilians live there.”

• To the matron of a hospital in the Caribbean: “You have mosquitoes. I have the press.”
Happy Birthday. Please don't go all PC on us.

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