Monday, April 21, 2008

Prince Charles

Having watched six episodes of John Adams, I'm thoroughly immersed in anti-monarchy rhetoric. Usually, I defend my Queen as a viable alternative to a system of government that doesn't make a distinction between a head of state and political leader. I like the idea that the head of state is ceremonial and non-political.

However, the presumptive heir to the current monarch leaves a lot to be desired. Now he's gone and published more superstitious nonsense that clearly demonstrates his deficiency in the intelligence category1 [Prince of Wales's guide to alternative medicine ‘inaccurate’].
The Prince of Wales is being challenged today to withdraw two guides promoting alternative medicine, by scientists who say that they make misleading and inaccurate claims about its benefits.

The documents, published by the Prince and his Foundation for Integrated Health, misrepresent scientific evidence about therapies such as homoeopathy, acupuncture and reflexology, say the authors of a new evaluation of alternative treatments.

In a letter to The Times, Edzard Ernst, Professor of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter, and Simon Singh, a science writer and broadcaster, call on the Prince to recall the publications, one of which was produced with a £900,000 grant from the Department of Health.
You know you're in big trouble when a Professor of Complementary Medicine thinks your documents are inaccurate!

1. Fortunately, his sons seem to have gotten a good dose of intelligence genes from their mother. That's saying a lot.

[Hat Tip: Skepchick]


  1. ... one of which was produced with a £900,000 grant from the Department of Health.


    I thinkt that's like three billion U.S. dollars, or about five Canadian dollars or something like that.

  2. The best argument in favour of a Canadian republic is that the heir apparent is a winner of the Upper Class Twit Competition. Other than that, I have no issue with the monarchy.

  3. But if you're going to accept the system of a heritable monarchy at all, you have to accept the bad with the good. There are excellent arguments both for and against the system, but I think the attributes of the current and future monarchs shouldn't be a part of that.

    (Disclaimer: I'm a Brit living in Canada).

  4. I find Prince Charles infuriating, but the one thing that helps me feel positive about him is that he does make very nice sausages, bread, beer and so on, with all the profits going to charity.

    I still wish he would keep his mouth shut about medicine, architecture and politics, but credit where credit's due.

  5. How embarrassing to have a foreigner as your head of state!

  6. Just in case anyone is misled, Prof Ernst apllies strict scientific method to CAM and is feared and despised by the CAM practitioners in the UK.

  7. The potty flower conversationalist and his geriatric mum are also 'heads of state' here in Oz, but balmy as he is, he is still HIGHLY preferable to the current 'head of state' in the US!
    As yet he hasn't (to my knowledge) made any claims about conversations with some imagined geezer called 'god'.

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  9. He has a fair few feathers in his cap so he can't be that bad - but that's probably because it's who he knows not what he knows. In the end it's connection that wins out! Life's so unfair... and look at me.. who do I know? ... well there's Larry....