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Elton John Pays Carbon Penance For Harry’s Private Jet–So That’s Alright Then!

August 21, 2019
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

When you’re in a hole, stop digging!

I was not going to comment about Harry’s latest private jet jaunt to Nice, just days after flying to Ibiza. Unfortunately for him, Elton John has put his size twelves in, and made matters worse for the Prince!

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Sir Elton John by his own admission counted Princess Diana as “one of my dearest friends” and famously and movingly sang at her funeral.

On Monday, the rock star leapt to the defence of her youngest son, in an attempt to shield the Duke of Sussex and his wife from “relentless and untrue assassinations” amid allegations of hypocrisy over private jet flights taken by the couple.

In putting a metaphorical arm around the Duke and Duchess, Sir Elton disclosed that he had paid for Prince Harry and his wife to fly on a private jet to his home in the south of France. He said Prince Harry, his wife and their son Archie needed the “safety and tranquillity” offered by his palatial villa on the French Riviera.

Sir Elton insisted he and his husband David Furnish had made “an appropriate contribution” to a company that specialises in offsetting carbon emissions. The flights, said Sir Elton, were as a consequence carbon neutral.

The Duke and Duchess were photographed with their three-month-old son arriving in Nice in the south of France on a £15 million Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign jet on Wednesday. They left France three days later on Saturday afternoon.

It was, according to reports, their fourth private jet flight in 11 days – they had previously flown to and from Ibiza to celebrate the duchess’s 38th birthday – prompting cries of hypocrisy. The couple have campaigned on green issues and earlier this month the prince said he and his wife would have “two children, maximum” as part of their contribution to saving the environment

In a series of emotional postings on Twitter, Sir Elton said on Monday: “I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week.

“Prince Harry’s Mother, Diana Princess Of Wales was one of my dearest friends. I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death.”

The singer, who loaned the couple the use of his home on the French Riviera, went on: “After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquillity of our home. To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight.

“To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint™.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2019/08/19/elton-john-defends-duke-duchess-sussex-online-reveals-paid-private/ 

The idea that it is OK to fly around the world because Elton John has paid a carbon penance fee, estimated by the Mail at around £120, is not only crass, it is grossly insulting to us mere mortals, who don’t have such money to throw around.

For Harry and his showbiz chums, £120 is mere bagatelle. If saving the planet is so important, surely they should not just stop flying around in private jets, but also spend some of their millions planting trees or whatever else the green gods demand.

 

As for this “hectic year of hard work”, what about ordinary families? They work their socks off all year round, bringing up kids and worrying how they will pay the next lot of bills. Don’t they deserve two weeks holiday in the sun, something which Harry’s eco-warrior friends would like to put a stop to, or at least price out of reach?

Final word goes to Dellers:

 

Well, I hate to criticise a guy who has risked his life on two tours of duty in Afghanistan, first as an infantryman attached to the Gurkhas; subsequently as a helicopter pilot. But I do think that if Prince Harry is not to lay himself open to the charge of being a rank hypocrite, he needs to do one of two things.

Either

a) dial down the environmental proselytising, avoid regurgitating brainless eco-drivel he has picked up second hand from an autistic 16-year old girl, a doddery old nature TV presenter and his barking Dad, and instead stick to stuff he knows about: shooting pheasant; playing polo; taking out Taliban with hellfire missiles.

or

b) stop travelling by private jet

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/08/19/eco-warriors-prince-harry-and-meghan-saving-the-world-by-private-jet/

I have said before that I believe Harry has been terribly badly advised here. I suspect he has been told to make himself “relevant” to today’s society, hence all of the politically correct causes he and Meghan are espousing.

Unfortunately, surrounded by his luvvie friends, he seems blissfully unaware that he is simply making a fool of himself.

Maybe somebody will have a strong word with him, and I can stop writing stories like this!

49 Comments
  1. Roger Cole permalink
    August 21, 2019 5:25 pm

    ” unnecessary press intrusion” did not contribute to Diana’s death, they were merely present, as they had every right to be regardless of my low personal opinion of them. What did contribute was a junked up driver and her own decision not to wear a seat belt.

    • HotScot permalink
      August 21, 2019 9:08 pm

      Absolutely, 100% spot on Roger. And we have Harry’s grandfather crashing into people when he clearly shouldn’t be driving a vehicle. Do these people never learn?

      This entire family is a cesspit of corrupt privilege. Whilst I admired Andrew’s undoubted heroics in the Falklands (assuming it was him flying that chopper) despite access to the best intelligence network in the world, he gets himself hooked up with Epstein. No one can convince me Epstein’s behaviour wasn’t known to the better informed members of our community.

      As for the jug eared pillock, he’s the laughing stock of his family never mind the general public. One minute he’s an expert on Architecture, the next he’s an eco warrior telling us all how to pay for his electricity bills.

    • August 22, 2019 8:37 am

      The verdict of the Jury was that Princess Diana was Unlawfully Killed by the actions of the following vehicles and her Driver Henri Paul.
      The trial made clear that the following vehicles could not have been the press as they drove different vehicles mainly mopeds than those described by multiple witnesses. Plus they were left behind not arriving at the accident until some time after.
      The trial also exposed that the blood evidence of the Driver Henri Paul being drunk was very questionable. With very many errors exposed. Non of the experts could explain the level of carbon dioxide in the blood or were prepared to uphold the blood evidence.
      It was the Royal appointed judge in his own opinion and against the evidence in the summing up that equated the following vehicles with the Paparazzi.

      The BBC miss reported the verdict replacing the following vehicles with Paparazzi and all media followed them. If you go to wikapedia and many sources you will see this incorrect reporting of the verdict.

      In English law, unlawful killing is a verdict that can be returned by an inquest in England and Wales when someone has been killed by one or several unknown persons. The verdict means that the killing was done without lawful excuse and in breach of criminal law. This includes murder, manslaughter, infanticide and causing death by dangerous driving. A verdict of unlawful killing generally leads to a police investigation, with the aim of gathering sufficient evidence to identify, charge and prosecute those responsible.

      There was no police follow up to the verdict of unlawful killing in this case however.

  2. edwardrodolph1891 permalink
    August 21, 2019 5:28 pm

    Takes being a crap piano basher with limited brains to new heights of imbecility,

    • HotScot permalink
      August 21, 2019 9:26 pm

      Sadly, I was, and remain, a big fan of Reg and Bernie’s 70’s music.

      But some idiot had the good idea of dubbing him ‘Queen’ of England and the daft little twerp took it to heart.

      Now, like most wealthy, ill educated people, he believes his opinions on anything and everything are informed.

      When someone has spent the vast majority of their life on a stage, being adored by children (and I include my youthful self in that) there is not the remotest possibility they can be informed on anything but adulation.

  3. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    August 21, 2019 5:28 pm

    Off-setting carbon credits = indulgences

    “Say 3 Hail Marys, and go and sin no more, my child.”

    What a grand idea.

    • Bertie permalink
      August 21, 2019 8:27 pm

      Spot on. It’s the same scenario as those rich medieval types requiring indulgences who employed someone else to carry out their penance!

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      August 21, 2019 11:44 pm

      As was said to a previous member of the Royal family, 200 years ago.

      Gracious Lady, we thee implore,
      go away and sin no more,
      but if that effort be too great,
      Just go away at any rate.

    • August 22, 2019 9:03 am

      I’m afraid you’re behind the times.

      These days, it’s say three Hail Gretas and an Our Gaia, and please leave a few quid on the carbon offset plate.

    • rapscallion permalink
      August 22, 2019 7:13 pm

      As someone remarked elsewhere today, its the same thing as buying your wife a nice mink coat and then chucking a donation to PETA

  4. Ivan permalink
    August 21, 2019 5:32 pm

    Salving your environmental conscience by paying a small supplement to greenwash your purchase was this week given moral support by the Catholic Church. They have sourced entirely “green” gas and electricity in a bulk deal for all their churches, etc in Britain. Since they were once marketers of conscience-salves themselves, I gain some mild entertainment from seeing them on the other side of the deal.

    • August 21, 2019 7:30 pm

      Buying in to the fake man-made global warming religion. Does their ‘green gas and electricity’ get delivered direct from the wind/solar farm, or does it arrive by the same systems as everyone else’s?

      • HotScot permalink
        August 21, 2019 9:29 pm

        No, No……divine deliverance.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      August 22, 2019 1:51 pm

      It is amazing how many times our limited renewable energy must be used given all the 100% claims that they are all making.

      • Nigel Sherratt permalink
        August 22, 2019 8:15 pm

        Like all the pieces of the True Cross and relics of saints.

  5. Sheri permalink
    August 21, 2019 5:42 pm

    Interesting that saving the environment is simply doing the same old things but pretending to barter using “carbon credits” (an idiotic term), planting trees, etc. Of course, by that logic, if you and I turn off one light for a few hours a day, maybe toss something in the recycle bin now and then and cut our driving down by say 1%, we are just as righteous and good as these rich clowns are. Hey, everything is proportional, isn’t it?

  6. Stonyground permalink
    August 21, 2019 5:52 pm

    I cycle to work regularly, does that count?

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      August 21, 2019 9:00 pm

      You can be our spokesman! 🙂

      • HotScot permalink
        August 21, 2019 9:31 pm

        Boom Boom!

        🙂

      • rapscallion permalink
        August 22, 2019 7:18 pm

        You’ll have to wheel him out in front of the press though

    • Athelstan. permalink
      August 21, 2019 11:49 pm

      erm have you done the NGO hypocrites anon eco warrior health check;

      A.how green is your bike,
      B. did you use old bits of wood and and tar paper,
      C. and is it recyclable?

      D. when you ride the push iron, do you respire CO2

      and if you do NO! NO! NO!

      jus’ kiddin’ – i guess.

      :)!

      • Stonyground permalink
        August 22, 2019 10:14 am

        The bike that I use for commuting is mostly aluminium and steel so pretty recyclable. It is also more than 20 years old. Since 2013 it has done 10,000 miles which I would otherwise have done in the car. I probably breath out more CO2 when I’m riding it than when I’m not but less than my car would. Maybe I should start selling carbon offsets to rich idiots, fly your private jet and I’ll ride my bike on your behalf.

  7. Michael adams permalink
    August 21, 2019 5:55 pm

    I don’t want to attack Harry as he has been through a lot of mental challenges through his life and I think it has taken its toll. Instead I’ll criticise the whole concept of carbon offset which seems tailor made to fit the requirements of the rich in their quest to seem green. You cannot offset carbon emissions simply by handing over a chunk of money to some harebrained scheme run by a whole gaggle of people who may or not plant enough trees to take in the carbon you’ve just released. Even if the trees grew, and lots of newly planted trees don’t, it would take years for them to take up any reasonable amount of carbon. far longer than the CC activists say the Earth has got before irreversible damage occurs. Its just a scheme to allow anyone who is fool enough to fall for it a salve to their conscience. Pay your money and fly around as normal guilt free.

    The hypocrisy of Elton John is breath taking. Just look at his lifestyle. Is this a man who feels guilty about the excessive amount of the Earth’s resources he has and is consuming. His whole persona is one of excess so don’t lets give him the benefit of the doubt on this one and don’t take any lessons on any form of behaviour from him either. Good luck Harry. With friends like this you are going to need it.

    • Colin. permalink
      August 21, 2019 6:14 pm

      Indeed. Interesting how the Greens will happily factor in future reductions in emissions from all those trees planted, while never considering the half life of “potent greenhouse gas” methane. If the tipping point is indeed just 10 years away then the trees planted now will have no effect. As for selflessly foregoing having extra children. The little blighters only really have a carbon impact when they emerge from adolescence, which these days is about 35, prior to that parental earnings which might have gone on long haul flights and Chilean merlot is spent on fishfingers and washing powder. Your carbon footprint is mainly dependent on your earnings not family size.

  8. jack broughton permalink
    August 21, 2019 6:24 pm

    There’s only one clown prince of wallies: but blood is “thicker” than water.

  9. johnbillscott permalink
    August 21, 2019 6:49 pm

    Carbon offsets are just a income source for the eco-NGO’s and California and it is no more than a great Ponzi scheme where the same tree is sold many times over. Follow the money trail to see who has their snout in the trough. Beyond Meat is a upcoming scam.

    • dennisambler permalink
      August 22, 2019 3:29 pm

      Gore is always close by, including the new meat scam.

  10. C Lynch permalink
    August 21, 2019 7:56 pm

    In the meantime it appears that Saint Greta’s halo is starting to slip. I’ve seen a number of critical articles in the MSM over the last few days including one today in the normally uber woke Irish Times which criticises the elitism of her support group. No small amount of credit goes to the efforts of people like you Paul – it may seem like you are shouting in the wildernesses at times but it does eventually seep into the general consciousness.

    • HotScot permalink
      August 21, 2019 8:32 pm

      C Lynch

      Well said.

  11. Dave Ward permalink
    August 21, 2019 8:37 pm

    “Maybe somebody will have a strong word with him”

    Sounds like a job for Prince Phillip – he’s not afraid of speaking his mind.

  12. Simon Kelly permalink
    August 21, 2019 9:08 pm

    Keep up the great work Paul.

  13. Harry Passfield permalink
    August 21, 2019 9:23 pm

    I believe Prince Charles has had a life-time of brainwashing from the likes of Van Der Post and Porritt – to name but two – and he has passed this on to his sons, to the extent they have no freedom of thought in what is a strict, dynastic family, where the King-to-be is a man who talks to plants and believes in homeopathy. I bet he has never talked to a sceptic (you ever met him, Paul?).

    I am a great supporter of our Queen and the virtue of the Realm: sometimes it sucks; but now and then, you get an Elizabeth – about every 450 years on current form. Long live teh Queen?

    • Ivan permalink
      August 22, 2019 10:26 am

      Anyone who is put in a position of having a conversation with Norman is briefed that royal protocol requires they must never disagree or contradict him. And quickly grabbed away by a flunky at the first sign of not respecting that. So Norman just never gets rigorous debate, testing or argument of his views, at least in conversation with the various experts he meets.

      We should also remember that many core believers in, eg, homeopathy, creationism, extreme audiophilia, etc are completely unshakable despite the transparently magical nature of these ideas. Indeed, the strength of belief by the core believers in such magic seems to be stronger the more transparently bonkers the theory is.

      • Sheri permalink
        August 22, 2019 1:25 pm

        You left out the “something from nothing” with the Big Bang. Or where the something came from—or was it magically there all along?

  14. I_am_not_a_robot permalink
    August 21, 2019 10:23 pm

    In order to truly “offset” CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels you have to put the carbon portion back deep underground where it came from.

  15. Shoki Kaneda permalink
    August 21, 2019 11:33 pm

    Modern equivalent of a whipping boy.

  16. Athelstan. permalink
    August 21, 2019 11:42 pm

    silly old fart, elton bog, he left the planet many moons ago, most human beings mature with experience – pap stars just disgrace themselves.

  17. M E permalink
    August 22, 2019 1:02 am

    The entertainment industry encourages their ‘stars’ to be seen with royalty. so they stage manage it by being seen in photographed groups with them. It’s good publicity.

    Personal details about Royal habits sell newspapers and magazines, just look in a Supermarket magazine rack.
    TV exposes on Historic Royal lives of no matter of what relevance abound here in New Zealand. They are all using the Royal Families of various parts of the world. to sell the magazines and papers to expose their advertisers to larger audiences. Elton John needs more publicity now he is getting old and past it.
    Isn’t it better not to give any credence to these people and starve the newsmedia of advertisers’ dollars? Skip over the links online lightly and don’t click. They are just clickbait
    Don’t dignify them with your notice.

  18. sixlittlerabbits permalink
    August 22, 2019 2:07 am

    How kindly your post ends: if only Harry would come to his senses! Think it would take a bolt of lightning for that to happen. Not holding my breath. He’s too lacking in common sense.

  19. August 22, 2019 8:08 am

    Sir Elton John owns lots of art including some photo’s that have been displayed in art galleries. Now imagine you have your own web site like this one and you reproduced an image of one of those photos ‘Klara and Edda belly-dancing’ that can be be viewed by googling the image. Plus added comment of what you thought of the image. Plus you surprise that Elton John a self confessed drug addict and alcoholic with a strange life style could adopt children.
    What would you expect to happen. You probably would not expect the Police to break in your front door and smash your glass back door with out a warrant. Miss using PACE to ransack your house and confiscate your computer equipment and arrest you for having child pornography. Even trying to get the social service to take your grandchild away by reporting dirty cot blankets to them. Then having to go to trial for having child pornography two years later. Before being proved totally innocent with the police reprimanded for trying to fit you up by planting extra images. But not getting your computer equipment back or any financial compensation. All of this happened I guess if you upset a powerful person with Royalty connections you had better expect the worse.

  20. August 22, 2019 3:59 pm

    Typical “do as I say, not as I do” hypocrite. But if we comment publicly we are accused of harassment (poor lad has had a hard time; he’s done a lot for charity etc.) and/or racism because there is implied criticism of Meghan Markel. I don’t actually care what they do, I have no interest whatsoever but please do not preach to me on a subject about which you know very little.

  21. dennisambler permalink
    August 22, 2019 4:11 pm

    “To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint”

    https://www.carbonfootprint.com/ourteam.html

    Very gender unbalanced, female sustainability consultants in the main. It’s not sustainable.

    Offsets require validation by the UN Clean Development Mechanism board, there are some creative projects put forward and they can earn the consultant up to 40% of the value of the project.

    https://www.carbonfootprint.com/certifiedemissionreductioncer.html
    The Kenya cookstoves project is saving an “estimated” 0.11% of Kenya’s emissions in 2017
    They are claiming for a windfarm project in China which will save an “estimated” 0.001% of China’s emissions in 2017 and a windfarm in the Phillipines, which will save an estimated 0.044% of the Phillipines emissions in 2017. You would have to check the application in depth to see if they account for the “carbon footprint” of the wind farm.

    “Following a carbon footprint calculation, these Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) registered projects meet the requirements under the Quality Assurance Standard (QAS) for Carbon Offsetting.”

    All spreadsheet stuff and creative supporting storylines. Meanwhile check out the coal plant picture in Asia: https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-worlds-coal-power-plants

  22. August 22, 2019 4:21 pm

    Kate Bush enjoying herself with Elton’s Rocket Man
    including short intimation of the Tiller Girls

  23. Curious George permalink
    August 22, 2019 6:51 pm

    Long live the Queen! Whoever follows Her can only be a letdown.

  24. Coeur de Lion permalink
    August 22, 2019 8:30 pm

    If I were Harry my defence would be as follows. “I guess that what you are worried about is global temperature in the year 2100 – right?. Nothing I do one way or the other is going to have any effect on that, so relax”.

  25. It doesn't add up... permalink
    August 22, 2019 8:46 pm

    Meanwhile, Prince William and family took a budget commercial flight to Scotland.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7383133/Prince-William-wife-Kate-Middleton-children-seen-boarding-budget-flight-Scotland.html

    WTG.

  26. EternalOptimist permalink
    August 23, 2019 12:57 am

    Enjoy the break Paul.
    Two stories side by side, one about Elton and the second about Climate change exposing ancient ruins. A coincidence I’m sure

  27. sarastro posa permalink
    August 23, 2019 2:28 am

    Between demented Elton and daffy Harry, we have a lovely portrait of the parasitic Overlords for whom we are all mere subjects. So disgusting.

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