Peter Kellow, DRP Leader, comments...
I have argued before that the idea that the monarch should not be allowed to express opinions publicly does no one any favours - apart from being a violation of the human rights of a British citizen
The comment by Charles that Putin can be likened to Hitler proves the point for we need to know if our future head of state is a crackpot or not - particularly a dangerous crackpot.
Comparing almost anyone to Hitler is cheap and shallow. Criticise Putin if you must, but try at least to be intelligent in doing so.
The reality is that Putin is a creature of the Russia that the west was instrumental in creating after the fall of the Soviet Union when western economists bulled up by the "triumph of capitalism" persuaded Yeltsin to adopt free market economics and in the process unleashed a wave of corruption and thefts of state assets. A slower march to liberal capitalism and democracy would have been more successful.
Now the chaos unleashed needs a strong leader to restore order. To do this Putin courts popularity by playing the Mother Russia patriotic card - and Russians despite all that their people and nation have suffered still are immensely patriotic in a way in the west we often have difficulty in understanding.
Threatening Russia with sanctions and military encirclement is counterproductive and just as Putin plays to national feeling so Obama tries to project Russia as an enemy to divert attention from domestic failure.
Meanwhile, Russia mocks western sanctions by just signing a 400$ billion agreement to supply gas to China. Sorry, EU, you are not the only game in town.
Britain should use its influence to open a dialogue with all parties in the current crisis in the Ukraine and shine some light on whatever aid the EU is giving to Kiev.
But how can it do this when our head of state in waiting sees the montrous evil that was Hitler in Putin.
The BBC in Newsnight on Wednesday night, true to its strident monarchist bias, reported Charles's gaff by wheeling on a prevaricating royalist toady, historian Antony Beevor, to try and make the regal comments sound almost reasonable.
The Russians of course were not allowed a say.
'Putin is behaving just like Hitler', says Charles. Prince's controversial verdict on Russian leader's invasion of Ukraine
Prince Charles has sensationally likened Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler.
In a withering verdict on the actions of the Russian president in Ukraine, he told a woman who lost relatives in the Nazi Holocaust: ‘And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler.’
The prince’s extraordinary intervention is certain to cause international controversy.
He was introduced to Marienne Ferguson, a museum volunteer who fled to Canada with her Jewish family when she was just 13.
The 78-year-old was born in what is now the Polish city of Gdansk, a key flashpoint in the Second World War.