William’s ‘Sorrow’ a Sorry Excuse For an Apology

On royalty, children, and being sad about slavery… The chain link fence was a true PR disaster. Thanks, Carolyn for this hard-hitting column.

Jamaica Woman Tongue

In 2002, Boris Johnson wrote a column for the Daily Telegraph in which he reported the following: “It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies.” Johnson’s use of the passive voice deliberately conceals the identity of whoever is supposed to have made that scandalous statement.

Of course, “It is said” does not mean that it is true. Rumour is notoriously unreliable. But Johnson’s declaration has the ring of proverbial authority. He does not need to provide any evidence to support his damning allegation. It’s common knowledge. Intentionally or not, the man who is now prime minister of the UK and Northern Ireland claimed that it’s widely known that the Queen is racist. Or, at the very least, is addicted to the adoration of the Commonwealth!

The Jamaican historian Howard Johnson brought Boris Johnson’s newspaper…

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