UK Politics

The mistakes of our youth

It appears that Prince Harry is a chip off the old block, and has made inappropriate comments.

The film was made in March 2006 during Harry’s final year of officer training at the Royal Military Academy in Camberley, Surrey.

It features the prince’s 30-strong platoon – of which Captain Khan was a member – on their final exercise together in Cyprus.

The first segment was shot by Harry as the group slept on the floor in a military airport.

As he pans around his men, he homes in on the face of the Asian cadet and whispers: ‘Anybody else here? Ah, our little Paki friend … Ahmed.’

The action then moves to Cyprus where Harry is again filming his colleagues in the dark. One soldier has covered his head with what appears to be camouflage material, prompting the prince to say: ‘It’s Dan the Man. F*** me, you look like a raghead!’

Hopefully, this will further undermine the Royal Family in the long term. Far better to have an elected head of state, who can be got rid of, than be left with this ridiculous parade of fools imposed upon the UK. As Inayat Bungawala says.

Inayat Bunglawala, of the Muslim Council for Great Britain, said: “His use of this extremely derogatory word legitimises it and that is utterly unacceptable.”

I agree. However, in extended comments on Radio 4 Bunglawala also suggested it was time to move on, and that we have all said things we regretted in the past. How true this is! For example:

In January 1993, Mr Bunglawala wrote a letter to Private Eye, the satirical magazine, in which he called the blind Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman “courageous” – just a month before he bombed the World Trade Center in New York. After Rahman’s arrest in July that year, Mr Bunglawala said that it was probably only because of his “calling on Muslims to fulfil their duty to Allah and to fight against oppression and oppressors everywhere”.

Five months before 9/11, Mr Bunglawala also circulated writings of Osama bin Laden, who he regarded as a “freedom fighter”, to hundreds of Muslims in Britain.

As well as,

“the chairman of Carlton Communications is Michael Green from the Capitol Tribe of Judah. He has joined an elite club whose members include fellow Jew, Michael Grade and Alan Yentob”. Michael Grade is now chairman of the BBC governors whilst at the time Alan Yentob was director of BBC2.

At first I wondered why the spokesperson of a sectarian Mawdudist religious interest group that represents a small minority of a particular faith was contacted about an incident concerning racism. I now see that it was in fact to obtain Mr Bunglawala’s own personal experience of making statements one later regrets and a chance for him to express his solidarity with Prince Harry.

“Those comments were made some 12 or 13 years ago. All of us may hold opinions which are objectionable, but they change over time. I certainly would not defend those comments today.”