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Well Said, Maam!

July 20, 2020

By Paul Homewood

 

 

 

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Enthusing about genetically modified crops and dismissing the effects of climate change and veganism couldn’t be further away from the green views of Prince Charles.

But these are the very forthright opinions of his sister, Princess Anne.

Giving a rare interview to mark her 70th birthday next month, the Queen’s fiercely independent daughter jokes that her conversations with her elder brother are by necessity ‘short’ due to their wildly differing opinions.

Charles has openly lobbied against genetically modified crops, but Anne counters: ‘It has been an enormous advantage in many parts of the world to use GM wisely for very specific environments.

Asked if she and Charles have conversations about farming, Anne quips: ‘Yes… occasionally, but rather short.’

‘It makes it much more likely to be able to grow what you need.

‘I have to remind people that rapeseed oil was only made non-toxic to humans by the Canadians after the Second World War by genetically modifying the plant.

‘It’s [ironically] quite popular with all those people who don’t like GM.’

Asked if she and Charles have conversations about farming, she quips: ‘Yes… occasionally, but rather short.’

‘I don’t go down the climate change route’

The princess was speaking to Australian Women’s Weekly magazine via a video call from Gatcombe Park, the 500-acre Gloucestershire estate and farm where she has spent lockdown.

Princes William and Harry as well as Charles have linked last year’s devastating Australian bushfires to climate change, but Anne said: ‘I don’t even go down the climate change route.

‘I think the way people manage ground is part of the discussion… Climate changes all the time. It has done so throughout the globe’s history, so there’s nothing new under the sun.

The princess was speaking to Australian Women’s Weekly magazine (pictured: The New Zealand edition) via a video call from Gatcombe Park, the 500-acre Gloucestershire estate and farm where she has spent lockdown

The Queen’s fiercely independent daughter Anne (left) jokes that her conversations with her elder brother Charles (right) are by necessity ‘short’ due to their wildly differing opinions

‘Somehow, we’ve got to learn that our kind of life is changing. We’ve got to remember to respect what’s out there and how to live with it.’

Talking with admiration of Australia’s indigenous population, she said: ‘They’ve got a lot more knowledge and I suspect their ability to pass on the relevant knowledge is better than us.

‘First Nations people have a much better understanding of what the dangers are, and fire would have been a massive danger throughout their existence.

‘They know Australia a lot better than anybody else. I suspect they existed in quite a lot of climate changes already.’

Anne on veganism: ‘You can’t have a world without lifestock’

Anne is featured on the Australian cover of Women’s Weekly, as well as the edition in New Zealand

Anne was also forthright over veganism, saying: ‘You can’t have a world without livestock. They are a necessary and very constructive part of our expectation to feed ourselves.

‘Perhaps my biggest irritation is single-issue groups… We need livestock as part of the genuine mix that keeps land healthy.’

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36 Comments
  1. July 20, 2020 2:33 pm

    “Anne was also forthright over veganism, saying: ‘You can’t have a world without livestock. They are a necessary and very constructive part of our expectation to feed ourselves”

    My humble two cents on this issue …

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/06/19/vegandiet/

  2. It doesn't add up... permalink
    July 20, 2020 2:48 pm

    Princess Anne is renowned for studying the work of the charities she fronts with a view to ensuring that they are effective in what they do. She investigates the issues they face, and pushes them towards solutions that work. It’s an attitude we sorely miss in government.

  3. Gerry, England permalink
    July 20, 2020 3:10 pm

    Perhaps we should have a referendum on who should take the crown on the sad passing of the great Queen Elizabeth the Second. I think we would have a new Queen Anne by quite a margin.

    • mikewaite permalink
      July 20, 2020 10:35 pm

      Do we need a referendum? There was none such at the time of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 when a man incapable of acting for the benefit of the people of England, through his obsession with a religion that would have created a second civil war, was replaced with William of Orange and Mary Stuart by the powerful Lords and Commoners of the day..
      There is, arguably, a precedent for parliament, if it sees fit, to step in and replace a man obsessed with a ruinous religion, AGW , with somone, a sibling, and therefore in the Royal line , who would suit the British people far better.
      Parliament, or at least Downing Street was also instrumental in replacing the feckless and pathetic nazi lover Edward 8th by his more dutiful and conscientious brother.
      Gerry, I think that your suggestion should be taken seriously, could well be constitutionally valid and perhaps some MPs may see this post and act.

      • July 21, 2020 7:57 am

        But I thought that most MPs were acolytes of said “ruinous religion?” If so, how can they be expected to resolve the matter contrary to their ideological inclination?

        Of course, just because something doesn’t make sense, doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        July 21, 2020 8:59 am

        If Anne were to become Queen then her son, Peter Philips or daughter Zara would be next in line….Be careful what you wish for.

      • July 21, 2020 1:03 pm

        Oh for Heaven’s sake don’t be daft. It makes us sound as bad as the opposition. He’s entitled to his views however wrong headed he may be. There are subjects he talks good sense on. As for a referendum, that’s ludicrous and unconstitutional. It’s an hereditary monarchy and no one gets to pick and choose.

    • July 21, 2020 12:58 pm

      That’s just daft.

  4. July 20, 2020 3:14 pm

    In 7 days time on R4 a 10 episode prog which seems set to play double trickery
    ‘Yeh the PR tricksters are not us lovely BBC Greens,
    it’s Big Oil over there’
    How They Made Us Doubt Everything
    Monday 1. Big Oil’s Big Crisis
    1/10 From climate change to smoking and cancer, this is the story of how to manufacture doubt.

    Like the trailer that is PR trickery itself as it makes FALSE equivalence between LEGITIMATE doubts about green-dream-religion & trickster led doubts about smoking

    My full coment 3:11pm

    • CheshireRed permalink
      July 20, 2020 3:24 pm

      There really ought to be a legal attempt to stop that broadcast.

      In no way can such partisan ‘reporting’ be compatible with the BBC’s Charter obligations. It’s naked activism, nothing less. (And TEN parts?! WTF? They could wrap the lot up in 10 minutes so a 10-part series is genuinely outrageous.)

      • July 21, 2020 8:12 am

        “In no way can such partisan ‘reporting’ be compatible with the BBC’s Charter obligations.” – CheshireRed

        Add it to the very long and ever growing list.
        https://biasedbbc.org/

      • July 21, 2020 12:59 pm

        On the plus side it’ll just have about 10 listeners

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      July 20, 2020 4:53 pm

      I wonder if they just wrote a screenplay for Oreskes’ pretty awful ‘Merchants of Doubt’?

      • July 20, 2020 9:21 pm

        yep that was my thought
        I doubt the BBC did their own research
        they must be getting their ideas from Oreskes book.

    • Barbara Moir permalink
      July 21, 2020 7:00 pm

      Think the 10 programmes to be run might have some link to a Joe Rogan and Barbara Freese “conversation” launched a few weeks ago on Utube. But then that does refer to “Merchants of Doubt” . Long but worth a watch for its irritation quotient.

  5. buchanlad permalink
    July 20, 2020 3:16 pm

    What a tonic . Wonderful woman

  6. Phillip Bratby permalink
    July 20, 2020 3:40 pm

    Princess Anne was the only one of her generation with common sense.

  7. Jackington permalink
    July 20, 2020 5:17 pm

    I always thought she was a bit stuck up but obviously she has a heart – and it’s in the right place!

  8. Henry Algeo permalink
    July 20, 2020 5:55 pm

    You will have seen the latest BBC nonsense on polar bears. And the truth is?

    >

    • mjr permalink
      July 20, 2020 6:24 pm

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53474445 and on the 6 oclock news today

      • Phillip Bratby permalink
        July 20, 2020 6:49 pm

        It’s strange that the BBC didn’t consult Dr Susan Crockford! It’s almost as if the BBC wants to spread fake news and propaganda and wants to ignore the truth.

      • dennisambler permalink
        July 21, 2020 11:18 pm

        Steven Amstrup again. He is to disappearing Polar Bears what Peter Wadhams is to disappearing Arctic ice.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      July 21, 2020 9:04 am

      The truth is, it’s models all the way down and the title contains that wonderful word: ‘could’.

    • M E permalink
      July 22, 2020 2:14 am

      The same nonsense on New Zealand tv. Fortunately the news media are avidly interested in heads rolling in main Parties before the Election which is very soon. I hope Greens don.t make up the Party Vote so that we need them in Coalition .MMP.

  9. Mad Mike permalink
    July 20, 2020 9:03 pm

    The BBC are at is again and have returned to the polar bear extinction story

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53474445

    Do they not do ANY research?

    • Mad Mike permalink
      July 20, 2020 9:05 pm

      Sorry Henry and mar. You beat me too and I hadn’t caught up with the posts here. I was too angry.

  10. Shoki Kaneda permalink
    July 20, 2020 9:27 pm

    A crazy man attempted to kidnap Princess Anne in 1973. After shooting several of her guard, he demanded that she exit her vehicle. Her reply was “Not bloody likely!” She’s the pick of the Windsor litter.

    • Duker permalink
      July 21, 2020 3:34 am

      The rulers from Hanoverians and their offshoot the Windsors have been uniformly of poor standard. However the principle of staying out of politics (mostly) led to the greatest period in British history. I dont think Charles has a mind to continue that.

      • July 21, 2020 9:41 am

        “I dont think Charles has a mind to continue that.”

        I don’t think Charles has a mind of his own !

      • July 21, 2020 1:04 pm

        Charles doesn’t have a choice he has no power.

  11. dave permalink
    July 21, 2020 10:00 am

    OT.

    According to the CDC, the number of deaths in the USA, in the week ending 4th July, was 8,000 BELOW NORMAL, despite the continuing presence of Covid-19.

    This indicates that Covid-19 has taken away many people who were at death’s door. Shades of, “Pneumonia is the old man’s friend!”

  12. CheshireRed permalink
    July 21, 2020 10:02 am

    O/T Just in case you haven’t seen it the BBC are running another absurd ‘polar bears are doomed’ ‘report’. Pure propaganda, not least because if Artic ice melted there’d be a smaller surface area for bears to hunt seals on, making it easier, not harder to catch them.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53474445

    • Mad Mike permalink
      July 21, 2020 11:32 am

      You’ll notice the story runs without a comment section at the end,

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