In Mary Maxwell’s article ‘Martin Place: How Do Messages Come Down from On High?‘ she suggests orders for ‘terrorists acts’ in many countries are directed down from the top. Well I suggest the decision to knight Prince Philip also came from ‘above’. Why would Tony Abbott risk the scorn of the Australian public and more rumbles from his Cabinet? He would surely have had an inkling that the decision would be damaging. Some commentators have said it is verging on ‘political suicide’.
But, don’t be too hard on ‘774-winking’ Tony – he is probably just implementing orders (from above).
Prince Philip has received 17 different appointments and decorations in the Commonwealth, and 48 by foreign states. Did he need the Knight of the Order of Australia? I wonder whether this knighthood was to diffuse the accusations against the Prince’s son, Prince Andrew, and his romping with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s 17-year-old ‘sex slave’? I just don’t believe the denials from Prince Andrew or the Palace.
And where did Prince Andrew make his public denial? At Davos – at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. This is where the super rich and famous come together and fix capitalism. No, not fix it – but ‘fix’ it in their favour.
But Andrew is a chip off the old block. When Prince Philip spoke to 25-year-old Hannah Jackson, who was wearing a red dress with a zip down the front, at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour in 2012, he said “I would get arrested if I unzipped that dress”.
And, “Do you still throw spears at each other?” he asked of Aboriginal leader Ivan Brim on a visit to Australia in 2002. The poor Sir Philip, His Royal Highness, The Prince, Duke of Edinburgh missed his vocation as a stand up comedian.
1957, when the Duke gained the title of Prince, was the same year Tony Abbott was born in London. Probably not that far from the Palace. Young Tony arrived in Australia 1960, and became an Australian citizen in 1981 – a requirement for his Rhodes scholarship. There has been conjecture for some time as to whether Mr Abbott has actually renounced his British citizenship – a requirement for Parliament. And it is alleged in this article that Tony Abbott’s chief-of-staff, Peta Credlin, has gone to great lengths to refuse Freedom of Information requests for access to any available documentation from the National Archives of Australia, or the British Office of Records. Over 25,000 people have signed a petition demanding the PM front up with the documents.
What if Tony hasn’t formally renounced his British citizenship? He could be disqualified from Parliament.
Why would Abbott risk such a decision as to knight The Prince? Maybe the ‘powers’ controlling Canberra have already decided his ‘Used By’ date – and are making him make ‘bizarre’ decisions.
Yes, even popular conservative commentator and friend, Andrew Bolt, has called this bizarre decision as political suicide. But Andrew, my guess is, someone puppeteering the Prime Minister whispered in his ear.