Iain Martin says that this whole episode brings shame on the press and media as well as Prince Harry.
So here we go again. Sky News has a reporter outside St. James's Palace (bet there's nobody inside today) intoning gravely that Prince Harry has apologised for his remarks.
George Galloway is on the same channel, attempting to adopt his usual position on the moral high ground and lambasting the young Prince. There is nearly as much cant on display on the BBC. We in Fleet Street supply the ammunition (in the shape of a three year old video, sold by a creep) and the broadcasters chase it round and round in circles until somebody apologises. The apology is then dissected for signs of insincerity or looming mental breakdown. Various "experts" (which means people prepared to ruin their Sunday for a £100 appearance fee) are then produced to talk about the whole affair and fill air time.
It is all so very typical of modern Britain, or at least a section of the modern British media and its absence of any sense of perspective. There's a dislike of anything which smacks of complexity and a refusal to understand that people make mistakes.
And it gives the media the excuse to wheel out all the anti-royalists and holier than thou commentators who want to put the boot in. Donal Blaney picks out a great example of cant and hypocrisy in this area.
Of course, the other person in this sorry saga who should be hanging their head in shame is the scumbag who sold the video to the News of the World. And as Iain Martin points out, it's almost impossible to imagine a News of the World reader using a term like 'Paki' or 'Raghead' isn't it?