Prince of Jibes Oh dear! Prince Philip has gone and done it again. This time, however, he had to apologize. Last week, while visiting an electronics company in Scotland, he spotted a fuse box with wires sticking out and joked that "it looks as though it had been put in by an Indian." Needless to say, all hell has broken loose. Especially among the smutty tabloids, and there are no smuttier tabloids anywhere than in Blighty. "Time for the Queen to lock this racist maniac up," screamed the Daily Mirror, a lefty rag that plants wires on unsuspecting victims?there are no entrapment laws in Britain?and is known for occasionally allowing facts to get in the way of a good story.
The more conservative Daily Mail spluttered in indignation that "Prince Philip is losing his marbles... Can't the Queen pension him off in the attics of some distant palace?" while The Times thundered that Philip suffered from put-foot-in-mouth disease. Only the Daily Telegraph reported the story in context, quoting what people actually thought of the jocular remark.