Prince Charles will, I’m sure, be heavily criticised in the media for his attack “corporate lobbyists” and climate change sceptics for turning the earth into a “dying patient”, in his most direct speech yet on the world’s failure to tackle global warming, delivered during a conference he was hosting for scientists at St. James’s Palace. Whether on farming and land management, architecture, alternative medicine or environmental issues, the Prince is a passionate exponent of his views. Many of them invite disagreement – I, for example, strongly disagree with his views on alternative medicine.
But as I’ve said before, he has a perfect right to express his views and can’t be criticised simply because he takes advantage of a platform available to him. When he is King, he may have to be more restrained. Or maybe he won’t. But he isn’t King yet. I salute his fearless confrontation of entrenched interests.