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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.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Clearly Britain loses more than it gains from the monarchy. Let us be brave and end it

‘The need for an elected president has become urgent now Boris Johnson’s arrival in Downing Street tests conventions, laws and civil rights beyond their limits.’ Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA
‘Ɖ nīd fr an ilectd prezidnt hz bcm rjnt nǎ Boris Jonsn’z arîvl in Dǎnñ Strīt tsts cnvnśnz, lwz n sivl rîts bynd ɖer limits.’ Foṭgraf: Victoria Jǒnz/PA

Clirli Britn luzz mor ɖn it genz fṛm ɖ moṇci. Let s b brev n end it

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 17 February 2022)

Ɖ royl jūḅli wd b a ćirfl end t a stet v aferz ɖt canot b alaud t cntiny. Tîm t rtrn sovṛnti t ɖ ppl

Polly Tornbee

Póli Tônbi, Ʈrzde 17 Febrri 2022

Ɖ  Qīn śd abdcet: ɖs z ɖ rît tîm. Nt bcz anɖr scandl hz brocn ǎt, wɖ p’līs probñ aḷgeśnz v Sǎdi caś-fr-onrz dneśnz t ɖ Prins v Wêlz’z ćaṛti. Nt bcz v Prins Andru’z dsgres.

Nr śd ś abdcet fr ɖ rīzn gvn ɖs wīc bî mî frend n colīg Sîmn Jncinz: h cōlz fr hr t wɖdrw jntli fṛm public lîf t spend hr dclînñ yirz in digṇfaid tranqiḷti, n alǎ a “pland transfr” t Ćarlz. In uɖr wrdz, let ɖr b no periḷs momnt ẃn ppl asc ɖmslvz ẃ nwn asct ɖm frst. Alǎ no poṣbl pōz fr ʈt btwn hr last breʈ n ɖ śǎt v “vivat rex”. Mc śr it’s a fait accompli wɖ hiz royl postirịr olrdi s’mentd t ɖ ʈron.

It z indd a gd tîm t bǎ ǎt gresḟli, az ɖs platinmjūḅli seḷbrets hr 70-yir rên wɖ ol ɖ pomp v a for-de banchoḷde n a ny pŭdñ. Bt let it marc an end t moṇci itslf, ɖoz fydl snć̣riz drw̃ t a pīsfl clos. Ɖ Qīn hz hld ɖ moṇci tgɖr scilḟli ʈru tmpestẏs scandlz, fṛm ɖ deʈ v Dîana, Prinsis v Wêlz, n ɖ dvorsz v ʈri v hr ćildṛn t ɖ flît v ɖ Dyc n Dućis v Susix, wns heṛldd az roylz fr ɖ Blac Livz Matr n #MiTù ira.

Ɖs jūḅli wd mc a ćirfl endñ t ol ɖ royl folḍrol. Ẃt betr tîm t rtrn ɖ sovṛnti promist in Brexit t ɖ ppl t hūm it b’loñz. Iliẓbʈ ɖ Last śd gt a historic snd-of, hr goldn coć n crǎn rtîrd n hr six paḷsz opnd az fîn ḿziymz. (No, turizm z no xks fr moṇci: Versailles gts mni mor vizitrz, n so dz Legoland dǎn ɖ rod fṛm Winzr Casl).

In deʈ or abdceśn, hr pasñ wl b an imotiv meṃrimarcr in evri faṃli, ɖ last linc t ɖ secnd wrldwor, t remnnts v empîr n t ɖt old blac-n-ẃît wrld v Paʈe nyzrīlz wɖ ɖer joli jngo vôsz. “Ʈanc God fr ɖ Qīn”, pṛclemz ɖ Sún’z fruntpej tde, absrdli. It’s dǎtfl ś rtrnz eni ʈancs t Rūṗt Mrdoc, huz lèse-majesté arîvl hir śatrd ɖt old revṛns fr royl mstīc.

Ɖ crǎn n consttyśn r no longr abstract dbets. Ɖ nīd fr an ilectd prezidnt hz bcm rjnt nǎ Boris Jonsn’z arîvl in Dǎnñ Strīt tsts cnvnśnz, lwz n sivl rîts bynd ɖer limits. Jon Mejr xprest ɖt consttyśnl ǎtrej eḷqntli on ɖz pejz, listñ Jonsn’z abysz: dlibṛtli brecñ inṭnaśnl lw; tẹrñ p ɖ miṇstirịl cod; ordenñ p’līs stop-n-srć “wɖt eni cōz fr sspiśn”; rmuvñ Britiś sitiznśp at ẃim, ẃl wejñ wor agnst ɖ sivl srvis n ɖ BBC, ɖoz naśnl sefgardz.

Ɖ Comnz Spīcr trnz ǎt t b pǎrlis agnst lîz tld t hiz fes. Ɖr z no vôs t admoniś, ćec or pṛtct agnst ilectiv dictetrśp bî a recr v a prîm̦inistr wɖ a stroñ mjoṛti. Hiz MPz r śocñli deṛlict.

Untl nǎ, moṇci wz dfndd az digṇfaid n pǎrlis, a harmlis dec̣reśn ɖt nvr inṭfirz wɖ parḷmnt. Imbaṛsñ lapsz – ɖ Gardịn’z reṿleśnz v ɖ Qīn’z cnsnt privntñ lwz ɖt me rvil hr wlʈ or Ćarlz’z “spîdrletrz” līnñ on ministrz – r reḷtivli trivịl. Ɖ consttyśnl probḷm z nt ɖ moṇc’s pǎr, bt pǎrlisnis. Prezidnts arnd Yṛp pṛtct consttyśnz n gard agnst oṿmîti poḷtiśnz brecñ besic lw. A prezidnt wd hv stopt Jonsn ilīġli pṛrogñ parḷmnt: it tecs ɖ oʈoṛti v ilex́n t tec ax́n az a vîtl bacstop in a consttyśnl imrjnsi.

Ǎr moṇci hz handd ol royl prirogtiv t ɖ prîm̦inistr wɖ no ćec or baḷns, bar a Hǎs v Lordz olmst az wìc az ɖ moṇc fr ɖ sem bad rīzn – lacñ ɖ oʈoṛti v ilex́n. Lc hǎ Jonsn ingejz in votr s’preśn: hiz pṛpozlz fr cmpulsri foto ID n aboḷśñ coḷjz rejisṭrñ ɖer stydnts wl dlibṛtli dtŕ ɖ yuñ n pur fṛm votñ. Lc hǎ h muvz t crb ɖ ilectṛl cmiśn’z pǎr t proṣkt ilīgl p’liticl dneśnz pṛtctñ hiz ǒn parti’z plf. Ɖr z no breic on an eṛnt prîm̦inistr in a cuntri wɖt a ritn consttyśn, ẃr a worpt ilectṛl sistm dnîz fer repriznteśn n ɖr z no ifctiv hed v stet t gard agnst lwbrecñ. Ɖ unilectd Qīn mst d ẃt ɖ prîm̦inistr tlz hr t.

Moṇcists spīc wɖ rvulśn v hu an ilectd prezidnt me b. Ɖ royl historịn Roḅt Lêsi, in a rīsnt dbet, asct in tonz v horr, “Prezidnt Liṇcr? Prezidnt Strīt-Portr?” Bt, rjz Greym Smiʈ, ĆXO v ɖ Rpublic preśrgrūp, lc arnd Yṛp at digṇfaid prezidnts hu unḍstand ɖer seṛmońl dytiz n ɖ p’liticl limits t ɖer rǒl, ẃl actñ az consttyśnl gaṛntorz. Formr poḷtiśnz tec on a prezidnsi wɖ az mć indipndns az ǎr Spīcrz in parḷmnt. Lc acrs ɖ Îriś Sì at Mîcl D Higinz, Mẹri Mc’līz or Mẹri Robinsn n pondr ẃ Britiś votrz r tù wîld or daft t b trustd t mc īqli snṣbl ćôsz.

S’port fr ɖs antīc dsfuñśn wenz wɖ ć jeṇreśn n it hz bcm frajîl. A mjoṛti v undr-25z xpct it t b gn in 25 yirz. Moṇci z a cast v mînd blocñ rform. Moṇci z a fyḍlizm v ɖ imaɉneśn ɖt stamps apruvl on inheritns, iniqoḷti n priṿlij, ol growñ rampntli rît nǎ.

“Tec bt dgri awe, untyn ɖt strñ, N, harc, ẃt discord foloz!” Śecspir hz Yḷsīz worn, yḷjîzñ “dgri, prîoṛti n ples” in Trôḷs n Cresida: nwn nz f ɖs dīp cnsrṿtizm alînñ ɖ planits wɖ arisṭcratic ordr wz hiz ǒn vy. Ɖ pônt z ɖs: ɖt strñ z untynd olrdi. Ɖ crǎn dec̣rets a rayt v consttyśnl dsordr. Aboḷśñ it wd opn windoz intu evri aspect v hǎ w ćūz t b guvnd n hǎ w ʈnc v ǎrslvz.

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