How not to be a power broker
From D.C to any school board,power and influence are commodities that are bought and sold. I do not think what Sarah Ferguson did was wrong. It is her execution that was completely sloppy and unprofessional.
First of all, if she was really serious about this she should have just set up her own lobbying firm and joined forces with people who have experience as power brokers. Not only to lead her but to also to give her access to other networks of influence. She should also have hired herself the most powerful attorney to make sure that not only her interests were protect but also to make sure she did not do anything incriminating.
The Queen Mum is pissed but not at her but at her son Prince Andrew. Even though they are divorced, he should have taken more responsibility to ensure that his ex-wife the loose cannon was strapped down securely. And with Fergie's history of embarrassing the royal family, Prince Andrew should have been better prepared. Even though he was not on the take, it still does not look good for him.
If Fergie has done this in the past, he should have suspected she was not helping certain parties out of the goodness of her own heart.
“I have not got a bean to my name,” she is quoted as saying. “I’m a taxpayer, a British taxpayer, and I left the royal family for freedom, and in freedom it means I am bereft. I’m hopeless.”
This woman needed cash. Why else would she shill for Weight Watchers?
What Prince Andrew should have done was upped her alimony to the point where she did not have to shill for herself. And the moment he noticed that she was hawking access to him, he should have set up a company for her and hired people who were loyal only to him and give them strict instructions to watch her so she did not f**k things up.
More importantly, he should have also hired someone to manage her finances to ensure she did not burn through all her cash.
The sad thing about all of this is that if Fergie had actually made the effort to fully understand her position, mastered the the nuances and subtleties of being a power broker and aligned herself with the right people, she would have been force to reckon with that even the Queen Mother would have to respect. Now she is just a f**king joke.
Notice the trend with Eliot Spitzer and what is going on in Albany?
People are not making the effort to understand the rules of the game. For whatever they either ignorant or do not care to learn. And they pay dearly.