Twice Booker prize winner Hilary Mantel was trying to give the media a warning about their treatment of the Duchess of Cambridge, yet her blunt choice of ‘machine made’ and ‘plastic’ has upset the easily upset this morning.
She has also revealed an insight into the tastes and mindset of our dear leader. Mantel’s words, in context, appeared in the London Review of Books, but the distorted version was splashed across the front-page of middle-England’s favourite news source. Weighing into the issue from India, the PM decried the ‘hurtful’ comments he had clearly only seen in the Daily Mail. In a further sign of dumbing down, he even referred to the Duchess as Princess Kate. Not the greatest intervention, Prime Minister.
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