Fṛm Đ Obzrvr: Britain has had royal, political and policing scandals before, but never all three at once

‘Prince Andrew is paying a large sum to a woman he claims never to have met rather than face interrogation about her accusations of sexual assault.’ Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images
‘Prins Andru z peyñ a larj sum t a wmn h clemz nvr t hv met rɖr ɖn fes inteṛgeśn abt hr akześnz v sx́l asōlt.’ Foṭgraf: Jon Ʈis/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Britn hz hd royl, p’liticl n p’līsñ scandlz bfr, bt nvr ol ʈri at wns

(Transcription of an article published in the Observer on 20 February 2022)

Lo-qoḷti līdrśp, a lac v acǎntbiḷti n a culćr v impyṇti r at ɖ rūt v ɖ dce v ǎr ci insttyśnz

Andrew Rawnsley

Andru Rōnzli, Súnde 20 Febrri 2022

Fit fr a prins. “Bî royl apôntmnt” hz tṛdiśṇli bn a rec̣mndeśn v provnns, qoḷti n trustwrɖinis. A royl handl tde srvz az a wornñ v ptnśl igṇmini. Az Oscr Waild dd’nt qt rait, fr wn prins t b imbrôld in scandl me b rgardd az a msfortyn, tū lcs lîc a patn. Bucñm Palis mst b frvntli hopñ ɖt nwn hz enʈñ on Prins Edẉd.

Prins Andru z peyñ a larj sum t a wmn h clemz nvr t hv met rɖr ɖn fes inteṛgeśn abt hr akześnz v sx́l asōlt bfr a jri in Ny Yorc. Prins Ćarlz dnîz nwñ enʈñ abt caś fr onrz, bt sz h wl hlp ɖ p’līs wɖ ɖer inqîriz intu ẃɖr a Sǎdi biłner’z pemnts t royl ćaṛtiz bòt ɖ donr a goñ.

At tîmz lîc ɖz, ẃn qsćnz swrl arnd ɖ conduct v tū v ɖ Qīn’z sunz, it wd b yźl fr ɖ moṇc t sīc sucr fṛm hr prîm̦inistr. Bt Boris Jonsn z nt ɖ go-tu prsn fr advîs on hǎ t avôd dsgres. Sm membrz v Hr Maɉsti’s guvnmnt r īvn tecñ sīcrit pleźr in ɖ tṛvelz v ɖ crǎn. It wd sūt Dǎnñ Strīt f ɖ bad ǒdrz arnd ɖ Hǎs v Winzr dstractd public atnśn fṛm ɖ gret stnc jeṇretd bî Numbr 10.

Britn z nt unfmiłr wɖ scandlz v p’liticl n royl vraytiz, bt ɖs comḅneśn gz t ɖ epx v ɖ stet in a we wɖt presidnt. W hv ɖ prîm̦inistr n ɖ ér t ɖ ʈron involvd in invstgeśnz bî ɖ Metṛpolitn p’līs, itslf so pôznd wɖ scandl ɖt Dem Cresida Dic hz bn forst t qit az cmiśnr v ɖ Mét. Ɖs z haṗnñ at a tîm ẃn ɖ repyteśnz v mni uɖr istets v ɖ relm r svirli c’rodd. Rerli a munʈ, or a wīc, pasz wɖt wn insttyśn or anɖr biyñ pt in ɖ doc fr incompitns, msconduct, croniizm or c’rupśn. Feʈ in MPz hz nt rcuvrd fṛm ɖ xpnsz ǎtrejz ɖt wr xpozd in 2009 n it wz nt loñ ago ɖt parḷmnt wz roct bî inqîriz n reẓgneśnz ovr sx́l haṛsmnt n bŭliyñ. Ɖ Hǎs v Lordz z tentd evri tîm ɖ blǒtd rancs v unilectd pirz r frɖr swoḷn bî ɖ intṛdux́n v mor partidonrz n mucrz v ɖ prîm̦inistr, a slīzi gem ɖt dd nt start wɖ Mr Jonsn, bt wn ɖt h hz pleid wɖ caṛcṭristic brezņis.

Ɖ bancrz hv nvr rstord ɖ trust ɖe lost ẃn ɖer aṿriśs reclisnis léd t ɖ fnanśl craś. Ɖs yir’z bumpr boṇșīzn wl d nʈñ t indir ɖm t ɖoz fīlñ ɖ sqīz on livñstanddz. Ɖ deʈs cōzd bî ɖ Grenfél Tǎr infrno, n ɖ leġsi v miẓri inflictd on ɖ tnz v ʈǎzndz v ppl trapt in unsef n unseḷbl flats, hv md p’rayz v ɖ cnstrux́n inḍstri.

Ɖ repyteśn v ɖ armi hz bn dminiśt bî dfits on ɖ batlfīldz v Afgaṇstan n Irac alñ wɖ bŭliyñ n sx́l-asōlt cesz. Ɖ istabliśt ćrć hz xprest its “śem” ovr its fełrz t dīl wɖ sx́l preḍtrz in dogcoḷrz. Ɖ pandemic hz nt sìn ɖ sivl srvis pr lîc a Rolz Rôs, bt bacfîr lîc an old bañr. Ɖ prîm̦inistr’z prinsipl prîṿt secṛtri snt ɖ invîts t ɖ ntorịs “brñ yr ǒn būz parti” in ɖ gardn v Numbr 10, n ɖ haplis cabiṇtsecṛtri hd t rkz himslf fṛm līdñ an inqîri intu locdǎn-bustñ in Dǎnñ Strīt ẃn it wz rvild ɖt hiz ǒn ofis hd hostd a qiz.

Jrṇlists canot b hǒlịr ɖn ɖǎ, bcz ɖ mīdia hz olso dbest itslf. Ɖ tablôd pres wz dsgrest bî fonhacñ. Ɖ BBC hz ofn bn on ɖ rac, most rīsntli ovr ɖ Martin Bśir biznis. Nt jst wn or tū v ǎr wns-veṇretd insttyśnz r in trubl. Ɖ creḍbiḷti n moṛl oʈoṛti v ɖ intîr strucćr v public lîf z śuḍrñ.

Ɖz multipl crîsīz in multipl insttyśnz hv fīćrz in comn. Wn oṿarćñ ʈīm z a pōṣti v hî-caliba prṣnél. Ẃr r ɖ līdrz wɖ ɖ qoḷti n streñʈ v caṛctr t infyz ɖ orġnîześnz ɖe hed wɖ dīsnt valyz? Ɖ Jonsn guvnmnt wz gaṛntìd t b ingulft in oprobrịm fṛm ɖ momnt ɖt Tori MPz dsîdd t gv ɖ premịrśp t an emoṛl man. Ɖ Qīn cmandz hyj public rspct, bt ś z ntorịsli rluctnt t cnfrunt iśuz wɖn hr faṃli. It tc a loñ tîm n intns preśr bfr Prins Andru wz stript v hiz militri tîtlz n royl patṛnijz. Ʈri v ɖ past for Mét cmiśnrz hv bn forst t qit. I strugl t dsîd ẃɖr līdñ Lundn’z cnstabyḷri z tù mć fr eni wn prsn or f ɖ p’līs r inceṗbl v pṛdysñ enwn wɖ ɖ smarts n grip t drîv rform.

Uɖr śerd caṛcṭristics v dsfuñśnl insttyśnz r hostiḷti t l’jitiṃt criṭsizm, an unwilñnis t acnolij mstecs n a rzistns t biyñ hld acǎntbl. Ol ɖz wr factrz in ɖ Post Ofis scandl. Hundṛdz v postmastrz wr roñli akzd v ʈeft, frōd n imbezlmnt best on fōlti evidns fṛm a cmpytrsistm noun t b unrilaybl. Ruineśn wz bròt dǎn on ɖ repyteśnz, lîvlihdz n faṃliz v hoļi iṇsnt ppl. Sm wr impriznd, mni wr heṿli faind, a lot wr md bancrupt. Ɖ larjist miscarij v justis in rīsnt Britiś hisṭri, it z abṣlutli dspicbl. Yt nn v ɖ Post Ofis’z līdrśp at ɖ tîm hz bn hld t acǎnt. Nr hz enwn fṛm Fūjitsu, ɖ cumṗni t blem fr ɖ fōlti softwér. Nr hv eni v ɖ sivl srvnts or poḷtiśnz wɖ sūṗvîzri rsponsbiḷtiz. Mor ɖn 20 yirz sins ɖ frst fōls proṣkśnz, a public inqîri z fîṇli unḍwe, bt it z tù lêt fr mni v ɖ victimz, at līst for v hūm r b’livd t hv tecn ɖer ǒn lîvz.

Ɖ p’liticl sayntist Devid Runsimn îdnṭfaid anɖr pʈoḷji v sicli insttyśnz ẃn h rout ɖt djeṇreśn z ofn sorst in “a growñ sns v impyṇti amñ smōl netwrcs v ilīts. Az Britiś ssayti hz bcm mor unīql it hz crietd pocits v priṿlij huz inhabitnts r tmtd t ʈnc ɖt ɖ norml rūlz d’nt aplî t ɖm.” H rout ɖt et yirz ago n it rñz īvn truwr tde.

Ɖ prinsz wr ccūnd in pluś pocits v priṿlij fṛm ɖ momnt ɖe wr born. Ɖ prîm̦inistr hz md a c’rir v bhevñ az f norml rūlz d’nt aplî t him. It z denjṛs ẃn insttyśnz r popyletd wɖ intîtld caṛctrz hu b’liv ɖe r s’pirịr t uɖr sitiznz. Unćect, ɖs wl inevitbli līd t reprihnsbl conduct. Ɖ abys v pǎr rīćt a mrdṛs levl in ɖ ces v Wên Cuznz, ɖ Mét ofisr hu abductd n cild Sẹra Eṿard. Ɖ fōl v Dem Cresida wz in part impeld bî ɖ pubḷceśn v a sirñ rport bî ɖ Indipndnt Ofis fr P’līsconduct intu msojni, resizm n uɖr biġtriz wɖn ɖ fors. It rvild meṣjz btwn ofisrz in ẃć wn bragd abt hitñ hiz grlfrend, anɖr tld a fīmel colīg h wd “haṗli rep y”, jocs wr md abt cilñ blac ćildṛn n abys wz d’rectd at Mŭzlimz n dsebld ppl. In uɖr wōcs v lîf, bhevyr so dsgustñ wd b c’rir-ruinñ. Yt nîn v ɖ ofisrz invstgetd cept ɖer jobz n tū wr pṛmotd.

Fṛm bad coprz t ɖ dlinqnt at Numbr 10, fṛm ɖ lordz v fînans t ɖ cnstrux́nbáṛnz, fṛm prinsz t doji parḷmnterịnz, a culćr v impyṇti z ofn at ɖ rūt v insttyśnl pytṛfax́n. Left untrītd, rot spredz. Ẃn roñduwñ bî repṛbet poḷtiśnz gz unpuniśt, rog p’līs ofisrz r imboldnd t ʈnc ɖt ɖe cn olso gt awe wɖ enʈñ.

Wns upn a tîm, Brítnz wd hv bn astoniśt n apōld t fînd scandl simlteńsli bspôlñ ɖer royl faṃli, prîm̦inistr n larjist p’līsfors. W r les śoc̣bl nǎ. Ɖr’z a gd rīzn, ẃć z ɖt ɖr z mć les nîīv revṛns fr insttyśnz ɖn ɖr wz in ɖ past. Ɖr’z olso a bad rīzn fr ǎr dminiśt cpaṣti t b scanḍlîzd bî scandl. W hv bcm wiṛli acustmd t siyñ ɖ public trust btreid. Ẃr wns jwz wd hv dropt, gṛtesc msconduct in public lîf ofn pṛvocs no mor ɖn a flītñ fyrori or a rzînd śrug. Ɖt mcs s part v ɖ probḷm, tù. Ẃn w xpct t b let dǎn, w setl fr frɖr dce. Ɖ Britiś w’nt gt betr srvis fṛm ɖer insttyśnz untl ɖe start dmandñ it, n so insistntli ɖt ɖe c’nt b ignord.

• Andru Rōnzli z Ćīf P’liticl Comntetr v ɖ Obzrvr

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21/02/2022

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