…or so it seems.
Discretion has always been a key feature of Prime Ministerial chats with the Queen and the chief advisor / monarch discussion topics really should not be shared with the world at large.
What goes on in the audience room at Buckingham Palace, stays in the audience room at Buckingham Palace if you like.
So news today of the indiscretion, caught on tape, of our Prime Minister can only be described as a stupid and unnecessary breach of confidentiality. Did Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York, really need to hear our Queen described as PURRING down the phone at the news of a Scottish referendum “NO” vote? And why did such a colourful description have to be used in the first place?
I have to say that it sounds to me like our PM was boasting of his proximity to royalty…which is a bit bizarre given his personal links to British aristocracy. He really should get over any wonderment at a title and stately pile by now.
Yes, you can argue, it was a private conversation and therefore transmission of it is an invasion of privacy or there is the argument that the British Prime Minister is an global statesman who represents our country at all times particularly when he is out and about, schmoozing in New York and being interviewed on prime time American telly. Whatever. The bottom line to this particular saga is the betrayal of trust involved as, unlike Andy Murray, the Queen had done a pretty good job of keeping her personal views on the Scottish referendum to herself.
It did get me thinking though (other than “maybe Boris wouldn’t be such a liability as our representative on the world stage after all”) about the need to be guarded about what you say and write in this digital age where anyone can write a blog (well if I can, anyone can) or make a short film and put it out in the public domain without so much as a proof read, much less a second thought about the imprint they are going to leave on the world.
There’s an old adage that “what has been said, can never be unsaid” which is true enough as you can’t take any unkind, unwise or indiscreet comments back once uttered but people often forget what they have heard over time. The same does not apply to the written word or filmed act which can leave an everlasting imprint and leave people who don’t know you from Adam with a view about who you really are.