Tuesday 17 September 2019

Ian O'Doherty: One rule for the rich - another rule for the rest of us

Harry and Meghan (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Harry and Meghan (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

There are few things more delicious than watching pompous celebrities being strung up by their own words.

Forget about so called 'influencers' or those sad sacks who seem to walk around with their own theme playing in their head.

I'm referring to proper, actual celebs.

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People like Harry and Meghan - sufficiently famous to now go by their first names.

The increasingly unpopular couple have been getting it in the neck for the last few weeks over their constant virtue signalling about the climate while zipping about on private jets.

According to people like Jameela Jamil (nope me neither, but she's an actress), all criticism is merely racist. 

Because, y'know, nobody with a black mother can be criticised for anything they do.

Their other celebrity friends were equally quick to defend the pair, and were keen to attack anyone who pointed out the quite wonderful hypocrisy of insanely rich globetrotters telling the rest of us how to live our lives while they do precisely the opposite.

Harry doubled down on this glaring double standard on Wednesday when he said that he shouldn't be criticised -because he paid for carbon offsetting to counteract the damage his flights were causing.

Carbon offsetting means you pay some eco-firm to plant a few trees in your name to assuage your guilty conscience.

This goes back to my old theory that in the absence of traditional religion, some of us will create our own new one.

After all, what are carbon offsets if not good, old-fashioned plenary indulgences, once popular with rich Catholics who could buy their way out of their sins? 

Hypocrisy is timeless...

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