One wonders why he would bother giving money to some doddering old fool who occasionally says something anodyne on TV, though. I mean what was the point? Does Charlie really have that many strings at his disposal for pulling? And would a Sheikh with loads of cash to throw around really need them pulling?
I get the feeling these people just hand out cash at random because they’ve got so much of it they’re at a loss to know what to do with it.
I didn’t know that. Perhaps just the birds-of-a-feather effect
My dad - who grew up well-to-do in a third-world shithole - was always giving “gifts” to those of slightly higher status, as was everybody else. There was a constant blizzard of emoluments in those circles. He never explained to me what the purpose was. I don’t think he even knew. It was just something that people did.
Ah, there’s the thing. In part it sustains itself because people at the same level as you, and people below you are giving you gifts (so, obviously, it’s the people at the bottom of the pile who go bankrupt first). But you’re right - he’s ended his days with nothing to show for it all, the family property has been frittered away, and the people who received those gifts aren’t giving anything back.
It merely occurred to me that perhaps sheikhs give money to random passing princes because that’s just one of those things that sheikhs do. It’s “culture”.
First time I’d heard ‘legbeard’. Very evocative word. Thing is, though, if people don’t want to be called ‘woke legbeards’ then the solution is simple: don’t espouse bizarre beliefs that make it impossible for ordinary people to interact with you, and don’t abuse your body to the point where it becomes enormous and hairy.