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Pandemic is chance to reset global economy, says Prince Charles

June 4, 2020

By Paul Homewood


h/t Dennis Ambler


Prince Charles is interfering again!



The recovery from the coronavirus crisis represents an opportunity to reset the global economy and prioritise sustainable development without further damaging the planet, Prince Charles said at the opening of a World Economic Forum (WEF) virtual meeting.

Outlining a five-point plan to rebuild economies following a global recession, the 71-year-old prince said the pandemic was the result of a breakdown in the link between humanity and nature that could be corrected by recognising “the interdependence of all living things”.

The prince emphasised that the private sector would be the engine of recovery and was heartened by the pledges from business leaders to recognise the damage to the environment that would result from an unfettered dash for growth.

“We have a unique but rapidly shrinking window of opportunity to learn lessons and reset ourselves on a more sustainable path,” said Charles, who himself has recovered after suffering mild symptoms of Covid-19.

He said that the pandemic, which has forced governments worldwide to mothball their economies, had showed people that dramatic change was possible.

“We have a golden opportunity to seize something good from this crisis. Its unprecedented shockwaves may well make people more receptive to big visions of change,” he added.

The five points he outlined were:

  • To capture the imagination and will of humanity – change will only happen if people really want it.

  • The economic recovery must put the world on the path to sustainable employment, livelihoods and growth. Longstanding incentive structures that have had perverse effects on our planetary environment and nature herself must be reinvented

  • Systems and pathways must be redesigned to advance net zero transitions globally. Carbon pricing can provide a critical pathway to a sustainable market.

  • Science, technology and innovation need re-invigorating. Humanity is on the verge of catalytic breakthroughs that will alter our view of what it possible and profitable in the framework of a sustainable future.

  • Investment must be rebalanced. Accelerating green investments can offer job opportunities in green energy, the circular and bio-economy, eco-tourism and green public infrastructure.

The WEF, which stages an influential annual gathering of business and political leaders at its annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, has come under fire from anti-poverty groups in recent years for failing to tackle climate change and executive pay.

Charles’s speech was part of a launch event for The Great Reset, a project involving the WEF and the Prince of Wales’s Sustainable Markets Initiative, aimed at rebuilding the economic and social system to be more sustainable. 


Most of his speech is vintage waffle, and he fails to show any recognition of the impact his proposals would have on people’s lives, jobs and standards of living.

Above all, he does not seem to care that he is condemning billions of people in the developing world to permanent poverty.

The man is a charlatan.

  1. cajwbroomhill permalink
    June 4, 2020 10:36 am

    HRH is not suitable for the throne since he does not understand the monarch’s role and has accepted wrong svientific advice and promulgates one side of a controversy.
    The former item of disqualification is, of course, fundamental.

    • Peter F Gill permalink
      June 4, 2020 11:03 am

      Irrespective of the extent to which you are right about HRH we are faced with the almost inevitable prospect of Charles being our next King. I can only suggest that he does some reading beforehand starting with one of Hubert Lamb’s books.

    • Henning Nielsen permalink
      June 7, 2020 9:09 pm

      cajwbroomhill; well, but he still will become king of the United Kingdom eventually, won’t he? And then, will he be…coronated?

  2. grammarschoolman permalink
    June 4, 2020 10:46 am

    Well, that sort of thing won’t affect palaces, will it?

  3. Ian Magness permalink
    June 4, 2020 10:50 am

    “We have a unique but rapidly shrinking window of opportunity to learn lessons and reset ourselves on a more sustainable path,” said Charles.
    We’ve only got 8 weeks, er, 8 months er make up a time period in which to SAVE THE PLANET!
    As you said Paul – vintage stuff!

  4. Mad Mike permalink
    June 4, 2020 11:04 am

    Like all these virtue signallers Charlie Boy is big on aspirations and short, that a kind word, of concrete proposals which have been costed and impact tested. We could all come up with a wish list for a cleaner environment etc. but someones got to make the bread and make it quickly.

  5. Gamecock permalink
    June 4, 2020 11:09 am

    “We have a unique but rapidly shrinking window”

    We? Majestic plural.

    Government stirring fear to get the people to accept the unacceptable.

  6. Brian Jackson permalink
    June 4, 2020 11:11 am

    PC is an idiot.

    Always was always will be.

    He hasnt the brains to stop confirming it.

  7. June 4, 2020 11:26 am

    If greed (the prevailing ethos) strips the planet of resources then it will condemn billions of people in the developing and developed world to permanent poverty. So there’s no solution.

    • martinbrumby permalink
      June 5, 2020 10:50 am

      Isn’t it great then, that there is absolutely no evidence that the planet is being, or will be stripped of resources.
      Biggest current threat is, of course, the ruinable energy and electric vehicle scams.

  8. john cooknell permalink
    June 4, 2020 11:30 am

    The world of politics is taking over epidemiology, all hope is lost. They so want to prove Trump is wrong that clinical studies are being falsified and people are dying.

  9. Mad Mike permalink
    June 4, 2020 12:23 pm

    Not only Charlie. Here are 2 plans from Greenpeace.

    Click to access 0861_GP_ClimateEmergency_Report_Pages.pdf

    This is the latest one.

    Click to access A-green-recovery-how-we-get-there-Greenpeace-UK.pdf

    Both have some costings on expenditure (lots) but little if anything on how we pay for it other than taxes, levies and the like. Of course we have to earn something before we can pay income tax but other taxes will come from wealth that has largely been accumulated whilst using fossil fuel aided industry etc.

    Its a scary future for any youngsters out there if these guys influence the Government to any extent. The trouble is Man Made Climate Change is mainstream and until that changes the Greenpeace agenda will be very influential.

    • June 4, 2020 12:43 pm

      I see you’ve published only the parts of the plans that make sense.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        June 4, 2020 4:54 pm

        A very accurate representation of the ideas of Greenp*ss – blank

    • billbedford permalink
      June 4, 2020 5:06 pm

      Greenpeace? well, there’s an outfit that should be tried for crimes against humanity, if only for their continued opposition to Goldern Rice.

  10. Mad Mike permalink
    June 4, 2020 12:42 pm

    And when we’ve all gone over to public transport and pandemic strikes again?

    Wasn’t someone in Government advising Londoners to avoid public transport and use their cars to get to work?

    • June 4, 2020 4:30 pm

      MM. I just try not to analyse because there is no content to analyse. It is just emotional incoherent waffle…. no different from the dreadful interminable rambling sermons we were subjected to by semi senile vicars during Sunday Service when we were young.

  11. David permalink
    June 4, 2020 12:46 pm

    Prince Charles does not understand that progress comes from individual’s aspirations for better things. He is at the top of the pecking order and is happy for the lower orders to be content with their lot. It’s the “Little man in the village” syndrome.

  12. sixlittlerabbits permalink
    June 4, 2020 12:47 pm

    Too bad Prince Charles has not learned to emulate his nonpolitical and discreet mother, your great QE II. He been an ecology nut for years and years.

  13. Broadlands permalink
    June 4, 2020 1:15 pm

    “He said that the pandemic, which has forced governments worldwide to mothball their economies, had showed people that dramatic change was possible.”

    Indeed it has… all economies have suffered dramatically because the pandemic lockdown forced the rapid reduction in carbon fuel emissions of CO2…the very thing climate activists have been promoting. So now HRH wants to restart and reset it? The definition of insanity… expecting a different result???

  14. Mad Mike permalink
    June 4, 2020 2:46 pm

    I don’t understand why my links to the 2 Greenpeace articles have come up in full rather than the links that I thought I was sending, Its happened a couple of times to me. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but its taking up a lot of space on the BB.

    • June 4, 2020 5:22 pm

      Come up in full, Mike? My view is of a large blank space (or two)!

    • mikewaite permalink
      June 4, 2020 7:16 pm

      I saw the full plans when I used Firefox , but now I checked on Edge , and there are just the blank pages that people have noticed . Possibly a browser security level effect?

  15. June 4, 2020 3:00 pm

    “prioritise sustainable development without further damaging the planet”

    Damaging the planet?

    • June 4, 2020 4:26 pm

      I know I know …… the language of meaningless piffle or should I say the language of the fact free Climate Religion.

  16. June 4, 2020 4:25 pm

    I am a loyal subject of the Queen, however this Royal Barnpot is off his chump. I dearly hope the succession jumps a generation otherwise the Monarchy is doomed. As for the Royal WingNut’s ginger offspring well he is just into this climate circus for all he and his “delightful” wife can get.

  17. Joe Public permalink
    June 4, 2020 4:54 pm

    Charlie boy was more sane when he used to talk to trees.

    • June 4, 2020 8:39 pm

      It’s a pity he didn’t listen to the trees. They would have told him that they love carbon dioxide – can’t get enough of the stuff !

  18. Peter F Gill permalink
    June 4, 2020 5:00 pm

    HRH has met some sensible people in the past. He was a great fan of the goon show and I believe he met them all! Funnily enough the last time I met Murry Salby was in the Grafton Arms pub, Strutton Ground where the Goon Show scripts were put together.

  19. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 4, 2020 5:35 pm

    Grant Shapps doing the CV conference today – the guy is completely delusional – he really thinks the fact (he says) there’s been a 100% increase in cycling (200% at weekends) is a permanent transport revolution. He really thinks his £50 vouchers are going to get thousands more cycling all the time.

    No, thousands of bored people with no time pressure to be anywhere, no commute, no need to worry about getting soaked to the skin by sweat or rain, no load to transport, no kids to get to 3 different schools 25 miles apart…….. have gone out for a potter around for exercise and to kill time. This is not a commuting/shopping revolution, it’s a temporary situation, an aberration.

    Even if a few try to persist, the glasses/contact lens wearers will quickly discover rain water dislodges lenses, glasses mist and get obscured by drops leaving you blind on a dark wet nights, that what seems like a nice gentle 10 mile ride is impossible with a gale force headwind etc. etc.

    Cycling is completely impractical and incompatible with modern life requirements for the vast majority of people/locations. Yes if you are young and fit and live in a sheltered city and only have a couple of miles – it’s fine for you, but don’t be an idiot and think it is suitable for everyone.

    He says this will create a green and prosperous future/recovery, no it won’t, he will just create more inefficiency and gridlock and pollution.

  20. Pancho Plail permalink
    June 4, 2020 6:34 pm

    There are just two things that drive mankind forward, profit and power. Any initiatives based on the Right Charlie model are bound to be exploited eventually by people responding to the first two drivers primarily for their own benefit, ask Al Gore.

  21. Coeur de Lion permalink
    June 4, 2020 7:38 pm

    Golly he’s had enough tribal dances laid on for him in various hot places to realise there are regions which, um , er, lack electricity and wealth and health and low birth rate and decent medical facilities and have droughts and locust storms. I despair. But he always has someone to roll up his toothpaste tube for him. Faugh

  22. mjr permalink
    June 4, 2020 8:37 pm

    Buffoon!…… “the 71-year-old prince said the pandemic was the result of a breakdown in the link between humanity and nature ” …… a breakdown? So nature hasnt been trying to kill off humans in various interesting and exciting ways for thousands of years ?

  23. BLACK PEARL permalink
    June 4, 2020 9:20 pm

    I guess he’s stopped talking to the trees on Crown Estate lands now, as he’s replaced them with subsidy generating wind turbines

    • John Palmer permalink
      June 4, 2020 9:30 pm

      Yup, most people spouting delusional, airy-fairy cr*p such as this have been smoking their precious plants. HRH can do it just by talking with them – a talent befitting our next Monarch!
      Gawd help us…..

  24. June 4, 2020 10:08 pm

    Charles believes in the divine right of kings: the doctrine that kings derive their authority from Gaia, not their subjects.
    HRH is limbering up for his coming ascendency to the throne.

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