Does Prince Charles hate democracy?

Heir to the throne Prince Charles has been mouthing off again, this time about the evils of plebeian food. “Have you got anywhere with McDonald’s?” he asked a nutritionist in Abu Dhabi. “Have you tried getting it banned? That’s the key.”
The generally pro-monarchy Daily Telegraph, however, compared the nutritional value of a Big Mac with a Duchy Originals Organic Beef Cornish Pasty, made by the Prince’s own company. Whether you compare them per 100g or by whole product, the pasty has more salt, more saturated fat, more calories and less fibre. Perhaps the Prince is asking to ban the wrong product.
Of course, nutritional value is more than matter of counting fat and calories, but still, this seems to be a pretty clear example of double standards. I’d like to see a nutritional breakdown of a meal consumed at a royal banquet and compare that to a McDonalds meal deal. Think of all that butter and cream, gourmet cheeses, the sheer quantity in the endless courses, and empty calories in the copious glasses of wine usually consumed. Really, it shouldn’t be allowed. Morgan Spurlock should try eating at all the functions Prince Charles goes to in a month and follow one rule: he won’t ask to be supersized but if he is offered more, he’ll say yes. It would make his McDonalds experiment look like a dieter’s picnic. But, hey, it would all be organic, so it must be good for you!
Psychological explanations are always perilous, but since I’ve recently read Jacques Rancière’s Hatred of Democracy, I’ve been seeing examples of the phenomenon he describes everywhere, and this seems to be one of them. Could it be that the apparently moral concern for the wellbeing of the masses, as well as a high-minded disdain for the vulgarising effects of advanced consumer capitalism, is really just the latest example of the historic loathing of ordinary people by elites? McDonalds is demonised, not because it’s particularly evil, but because it’s vulgar, in the true sense of the word.
It may be you have other reasons to despise McDonalds, but I’m not trying to defend that corporation particularly. Nor am I denying that the average person eats less well than he or she ideally should, in the UK and in the US. All I’m saying is that the vitriol in condemnations of precisely those things which are most popular with most people is not fully explained by how bad they are.
Rancière’s thesis might be off the mark in this particular case, but I suspect in general, he’s really onto something.

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