so were the kids Oranges or Stuarts?
You Americans tend to be a lot more interested in the Royal family than we are.
Hope you can access this from where you are.
Well, i certainly condemn the murder of Mountbatten. That being said, Louis was doing fine in the RN commanding destroyers, but was a disaster when they booted him upstairs to command Combined Operations. The Dieppe raid was a disaster, and was carried out against the advice of Montgomery. Considering how inept Montgomery was, his advice against the operation ought to have told them it truly would be a disaster. Mountbatten later blithely passed off the slaughter of the Canadians at Dieppe by saying it provided many valuable lesson which were used in Normandy. The lesson used at Normandy were learned in the Med and the Pacific. Basically, he had "dash" and was in love with derringdo, and had friends in high places.
I wonder whether " booted him upstairs " means as is or just a metaphor here? If being latter, what does it refer to? Humiliated him?
oristarA wrote:I wonder whether " booted him upstairs " means as is or just a metaphor here? If being latter, what does it refer to? Humiliated him?
Clearly he was not physically and literally kicked up some stairs so, yes, it is a metaphor. To kick or boot an incompetent or failing official or leader upstairs means to remove them from their post by promoting them to a largely ceremonial position of higher rank where they can no longer do harm, when to dismiss them would cause embarrassment or damage morale.
The Peter Principle states that "in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence", meaning that employees tend to be promoted until they reach a position in which they cannot work competently. It was formulated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull in their 1969 book The Peter Principle, a humorous  treatise, which also introduced the "salutary science of hierarchiology."
The principle holds that in a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently. Eventually they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent (their "level of incompetence"), and there they remain, being unable to earn further promotions. Peter's Corollary states that "in time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out their duties" and adds that "work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence." "Managing upward" is the concept of a subordinate finding ways to subtly "manage" superiors in order to limit the damage that they end up doing.