Prince Harry’s Apology is Sufficient

Prince Harry has rightly apologised for calling an Asian army colleague a ‘paki’ three years ago which should be accepted and left at that. There is no need as some have suggested for pressure to be put on the army to take disciplinary action against Prince Harry as the embarrassment this story will have caused him today in the press and media is sufficient punishment. Having said that I feel uncomfortable with this part of the statement by St James’ Palace in which it tries to put the Prince Harry’s use of the word ‘paki’ in context:

‘However, on this occasion three years ago, Prince Harry used the term without any malice and as a nickname about a highly popular member of his platoon. There is no question that Prince Harry was in any way seeking to insult his friend.’

This is very similar to situations I and many other Asians have experienced when some friends have said, ‘…no offence as you’re okay but some of these Pakis…’ They don’t seek to cause offence and believe that no offence is being caused but they are wrong – offence is always taken. The word Paki is always a derogatory term and is never used as a nickname or in a non malicious or friendly way. The Palace shouldn’t be seeking to explain such an offensive remark.  

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One Response to Prince Harry’s Apology is Sufficient

  1. Andy says:

    I understand how you can view the word Paki as being offensive because of the context in which it is often said. But in Harry’s case it was clearly not meant to be offensive and all this hulabaloo is just political correctness gone mad. Paki ought to be a natural abbreviation acceptable to all as is Scot or Aussie. When the Aussies play Pakistan at cricket they refer to them as Pakis without any comeback whatsoever – only in England is it deemed offensive! In England we are referred to as Poms by Aussies, and we refer to those we share these islands with as Taffs, Jocks and Paddys – these are derogoratary names not abbreviations but they don’t take offence so why should Paki be offensive? I remember the great Vivian Richards being labelled a ‘Black B*****d’ by a Headingley crowd – he retorted ‘I may be black but I am not a b*****d’. Most people in this country are not racist but the political correctness in this country winds people up. I grew up in multi racial Birkby in Huddersfield and in the summer we played cricket matches – the Pakis, the Windies and the White boys – we had a lot of fun and there wasn’t a racist bone in our bodies – that was in the late seventies – something has gone very wrong since!

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