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Date: 2009-01-11 23:49
Subject: the lives of royals
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The big story this weekend has been the News of The World getting hold of a video made by Prince Harry a couple of years ago in which he refers to an Army colleague using a racist term. There has been a predictable shitstorm about this, fuelled in no small part by Sky News (owned by Murdoch, as is the NoTW) with many commentators rushing to condemn said epithet.
Now, okay, it's not a nice thing to call someone, but the Army is a world apart and the standards we would like to hew to on civvy street often don't apply. I suspect that if some of the people who have been queuing up to condemn Harry spent a couple of months in the Army it would utterly destroy their minds. And while we're talking about the holier-than-thou NoTW, which has once again dragged itself kicking and screaming onto the moral high ground, if those same commentators spent a couple of weeks in the newsroom of a national paper it would also destroy their minds.
But so far I haven't seen anyone wondering how a private video filmed by Prince Harry wound up in the hands of the NoTW.
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User: hutch0
Date: 2009-01-12 23:27 (UTC)
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Well, precisely. `Army In Politically-Incorrect Shock.' What they won't tell you is that newsrooms are the venues for some of the darkest, most un-PC humour you'll ever wish you hadn't heard. Ditto for the Forces and the police and, I presume, the fire and ambulance services and the health service.
There's a (possibly apocryphal) story about Garry Bushell, who left The Sun to work on The Star and a couple of weeks after he left Kelvin McKenzie, his old editor, rang him up to see how it was going. "It's horrible," said Bushell. "They all get drunk and start fighting each other."
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User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2009-01-15 08:55 (UTC)
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I can't speak for the other emergency services, but having worked as a 999 call handler for the Ambulance Service and I can tell you that the air in the control room is often as blue as the lights on the vehicles...
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User: hutch0
Date: 2009-01-15 22:56 (UTC)
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I can imagine. You should hear some of the stuff we talk about in the office.
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