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How to be kind to Prince Andrew

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There I was with zillions of unkind others really enjoying my deliciously unkind reactions to the sufferings of the insufferable Prince Andrew, when up pops spoilsport Professor Charlie Huenemann, with his killjoy essay, How To Be Kind.

Having used the prince's interview as pornography, it had never occurred to me to wonder what he might be going through. Picture: Getty Images

Huenemann's conscience-pricking piece has just been shimmeringly posted on Three Quarks Daily, the mind-nourishing blog of new ideas. Huenemann is a professor of philosophy at Utah State University.

Huenemann's piece doesn't mention Prince Andrew but in addressing what unusually unkind times we are living in he, the luxuriantly-bearded prof is inadvertently addressing the cruel pleasure zillions of are taking in Prince Andrew's humiliations.

Already half-aware of the indecency of the joy given me by the prince's now famous BBC TV "trainwreck" interview, I was watching it again (the interview is on YouTube) and enjoying it immensely when my hatchet-faced conscience bustled into my study. Standing at my shoulder she (for a man's conscience is always female) accused that for royalty-despising socialist-republican people like me to watch the prince bringing disgrace upon himself and his whole........

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