By Tom Bannister
Prince Philip, otherwise known as Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Phil the Greek, or the Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT, OM, GBE, AC, ONZ, QSO, GCL, PC, AdC(P), is to host a conference aimed at banning the trade in endangered animal parts destined for use in Chinese medicine. Philip, who is president of the Worldwide Fund for Nature, has invited Chinese state officials to meet with him and his own organisation – the Alliance of Religions and Conservation – to work out an abolition strategy in London later this year. The prince, who is a noted hunting addict, ex-big-game hunter and renowned racist, is of course the ideal candidate for this cross-cultural mediating role.
The Telegraph quotes a source close to Philip as saying:
“Prince Philip is not supportive of what he sees as the corruption of traditional Chinese medicine, where people are buying tiger penises for aphrodisiacs and rhino horns to cure cancer, despite the fact there is no proven medicinal quality”
Philip has also invited Daoists to attend the meeting – the religion has recently banned the use of endangered species in the traditional medicine that it promotes. The Buckingham Palace source said:
“He is trying to encourage the Chinese government to support the Daoists in undermining the incorrect use of traditional Chinese medicine, which is killing the wildlife of the world”
Few would doubt that Philip’s aim is, for once, politically and humanely correct: the trade in endangered species for use as aphrodisiacs and skin emollients is terrible and should be stopped. Tiger and Rhino populations have fallen dramatically in recent decades and their decline is, in part, fuelled by the demand for TCM products. But is Philip really the right man for this job?
Let us not forget that his aim has, in the past, been sighted down the barrel of a gun at the very targets that he now purports to be saving. He is a huge advocate for hunting and in his youth he killed tigers and crocodiles in Africa. Anti-hunting lobbyists estimate that he has killed around 30,000 birds, foxes and deer in Britain alone(!).
Furthermore he is also the worst cross-cultural communicator in the British Isles. The English Defence league has shown more sensitivity reaching out to the Muslim community than Philip reaching out to anyone who is not white-British upper-class. The Telegraph surely must have been joking when it noted that “The meeting between the 91-year-old Duke and the Chinese government will be seen as a diplomatic boost to Britain’s relationship with China.” Really? This is the same bigoted old man who has succeeded in being offensive and racist towards every single nationality, including the Chinese, in his long (he is 91) royal ‘career’. Who can forget when he called Beijing ‘ghastly’ during a visit in 1986 and said “If you stay here much longer you’ll all be slitty-eyed” to a group of British students who were studying in Xian at the time.
All in all, Philip’s big conference look’s set to be an interesting one. And, don’t forget that his grandson Harry – who does his best to be as politically-incorrect as his granddad – is set to visit China sometime this year.