Even when you instinctively dislike someone and abhor their self importance, you have to give that person credit for a good day's work when they do one.
So, although I bet you never thought I'd say this...
Well done to the Duke of Rothsay.
Yes, I mean it. Well done, Charlie. (I bet he's spluttering in disbelief as he reads this!)
Sensible words and a generous gift at the end of a day touring Croydon gets my vote.
I don't approve for a minute of this guy getting involved in politics, but I don't think this intervention was particularly political, and, for England these riots have been so life changing that maybe something out of the ordinary was called for. Additionally, his personal donation in these extraordinary circumstances is, I think, not out of place, and unlikely to create a precedent.
Even Mrs Parker Bowles appeared to get involved and look as if she understood that there was a deep seated problem to be dealt with there.
In the meantime, playing for all he's worth to "The Sun" and "The Daily Mail" flog 'em and lock 'em up for 25 years brigade, Cameron and his cabinet look more and more out of touch with reality.
The Liberals are at pains to distance themselves from Cameron and Pickles on the 'rip up the rule book' sentencing policy, which is completely out of control, with some people imprisoned for taking £2 worth of water, and others, far more involved, being admonished and sent home.
It might be as well at this point to note that the "rule book" on sentencing is there for a reason. Expect appeals to most of these sentences, which will add to the clogging of courts and the expense. And in the end the judiciary will look as stupid, as ineffectual and as inefficient as the rest of the establishment.
Good Lord, it says something when even Clarence House knows more about what's going on in the streets of England than their prime minister.
Note to Rothsay:
This is a one off matey. Don't get too used to praise on Munguin's Republic.
And....We're still Scottish Republicans, OK?