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Old 02-08-2009, 04:40 PM
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It's true though that Andrew can't win. If the report was published and it praised him for doing a good job, his detractors would say, "Well, he's a member of the royal family, they're obviously not going to say anything negative about him." If the report isn't published, his detractors say, "It's obviously because the report was negative and he's afraid to publish it."
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:47 PM
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If it was meant to be 'private', why tell the press he had commissioned the report in the first place though?
Well if the report was only for internal use then it can be considered "private" as it was not a report meant to be published for the public but for Andrew and his staff. In that case I think it should remain private whatever the findings, even if the report is full of praise as to release it would lead to all the complaints about it only being released because it was so favourable. I think the best thing to do is to leave the report was private.
The palace probably told the press the report was commissioned because the press probably found out and asked the palace whom could not lie and say no when it was true, the palace didn't announce that there was a report but simply confirmed one existed.
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:18 PM
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"Well, he's a member of the royal family, they're obviously not going to say anything negative about him."
I haven't heard that said about him, very many articles are negative about the royal family.
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The palace probably told the press the report was commissioned because the press probably found out and asked the palace whom could not lie and say no when it was true, the palace didn't announce that there was a report but simply confirmed one existed
Andrew made the announcement.
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Prince Andrew announced that he had called in accountants PriceWaterhouseCoopers to conduct a review of his performance. His aides say he was keen to show how successful his job was and also where it could be improved
Sunday Express | Columnists :: Airmiles Andy is called to account

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/to...cle3778416.ece
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:02 AM
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Pics 18.2.2009

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso , Russian President Dmitry Medvedev,
Britain's Prince Andrew and Dutch Economics Minister Josephine van
der Hoeven tour the newly opened liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on
Sakhalin Island near Korsakov on Sakhalin island, a Russian island north
of Japan's northernmost island Hokkaido, on February 18, 2009.

Russia has opened its first liquefied natural gas plant today, a project
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:20 PM
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Great photos, Ice! That long dark coat . . . that dark suit . . .
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:31 PM
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Very nice selection of photos, Iceflower. Caption for picture 2: "Now which valve did you say opens the pipeline?"
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:10 AM
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News Summary Royalblog.nl: Duke of York braves Siberian cold
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:48 AM
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Thanks evnovoros for the additional pics. It does look awfully cold. But P Andrew keeps things hot, if you know what I mean.
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:41 AM
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The Duke of York cost taxpayers £6,000 after using a helicopter fly 70 miles from his home to a bridge-opening ceremony, it was claimed.

The Press Association: Andrew's trip cost taxpayer £6,000

(I chose the article with a picture, just for Bella)
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:38 PM
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The Duke of York cost taxpayers £6,000 after using a helicopter fly 70 miles from his home to a bridge-opening ceremony, it was claimed.

The Press Association: Andrew's trip cost taxpayer £6,000

(I chose the article with a picture, just for Bella)
You know I luv ya, Sky. Good ole Airmiles (tho I'm sure there's a logical explanation, of course). The pic is nice, naturally.
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:42 PM
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Air Miles Andy at it again as he takes £6,000 helicopter trip 70 miles to open bridge | Mail Online
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:21 PM
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Air Miles Andy at it again as Duke of York takes £4,000 helicopter trip 70 miles to open bridge | Mail Online

I can't help but note that in the space of a few hours the figure has dropped by £2,000!
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:02 AM
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I can hardly wait for the next article to see how much they say. By the way, very sharp eyes Tommy.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:07 AM
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The following news headlines spring to mind:

"Taxpayers Waste Hundreds Of Thousands Of Pounds A Year Buying The Daily Mail"

"Newspaper Wasting Valuable Resources By Printing A Load Of Rubbish"
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:05 AM
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With the Yorks around, perhaps the BRF need to set up some pretty strigent procedures and internal approval processes before any of the Yorks are allowed near a helicopter or private plane!
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:24 AM
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I can't help but note that in the space of a few hours the figure has dropped by £2,000!
It seems the Mail has got it wrong again, don't you think they would refer to the source (channel 4)!

Details of the journey came as it emerged that Buckingham Palace reached an agreement with the government to hide all royal travel costing less than £10,000. Previously, any journey costing more than £2,500 had to be disclosed.
The change in the rules, which was made in 2006, means that Andrew no longer has to declare many of his costly helicopter journeys and flights. He has been nicknamed “Air Miles Andy” for the frequency of his travels, and has faced repeated criticism

Duke of York's helicopter hop costs taxpayer £6,000 - Times Online


Daily Express | UK News :: Andrew's trip cost taxpayer £6,000

Of the 16 sites online, including the Dispatches article, they all seem to agree it was £6000.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:20 AM
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With the Yorks around, perhaps the BRF need to set up some pretty strigent procedures and internal approval processes before any of the Yorks are allowed near a helicopter or private plane!
There has been some comments about Prince Andrew having to do 4-6 engagements on the said day which he would have been unable to complete using public transpostation or a car. I am sure a better control of his diary and simply ruling out helicopters and private planes in all but absolutely necessary circumstances is what is called for, IMO!
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:28 PM
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The following news headlines spring to mind:

"Taxpayers Waste Hundreds Of Thousands Of Pounds A Year Buying The Daily Mail"

"Newspaper Wasting Valuable Resources By Printing A Load Of Rubbish"
Absolutely!!
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:36 PM
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Judging from what I've seen of The Daily Mail, I agree with Bella and Jacknch.

For the most part, it is one nasty paper.
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:10 AM
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Andrew did not actually come out smelling of roses in the Despatches programme on C4 last night. Did many people watch it?
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