“What’s wrong with everyone nowadays?” So complained Prince Charles of the House of Windsor in a note to an aide after a typist had tried to get a promotion. What followed was truly delicious:
“What is it that makes everyone seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their technical capabilities? This is all to do with the learning culture in schools. It is a consequence of a child-centered system which admits no failure and tells people they can all be pop stars, high court judges, brilliant TV personalities or infinitely more competent heads of state without ever putting in the necessary effort or having natural abilities.”
No doubt the good Prince has a point, but what effort did he put into becoming the head of state? Besides being born, of course, which takes very little “natural ability,” at least on his part.
P.S. Of course, some people differ in their appreciation of hereditary privilege.
(Credit to my colleague David Boaz.)