Newsletter Steven Ferry

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, June 2018, Message from the Chairman

Steven Ferry

Message from the Chairman

by Steven Ferry

For several months now, one ex-royal butler after another has stepped forward to express their learned opinions in the tabloids on the lives, preferences, private statements and actions, etc. of their former employers. I have commented often on Mr. PB, who is the most egregious in his outpourings, but anyone else who uses their former position to reveal private information to the rumor-mongering, tittle-tattle media stumbles on the same slippery slope of self-aggrandizement at the expense of the majority of us in the profession who continue to keep our own counsel about what we see, hear, and feel, and so retain some measure of public trust.

The sheer volume of declarations by multiple butlers/ex-butlers concerning the royal wedding in May has brought the subject to the fore again, and while I do not expect those guilty of the violations of the code of a butler to do anything but justify their actions, I do want to reiterate for the majority that what you are most probably thinking privately about the actions of our putative colleagues, is correct, and to stand fast by the code.

The short-term notoriety and possible financial remuneration enjoyed by those who have forgotten (or perhaps never knew) the code, may seem to vindicate the violating of the code, but codes exist for a reason, and long term, their violation just results in degradation of the individual—and for the profession, if the majority do not stand fast. Already, we have concepts in society like Butlers in the Buff and who knows what else that derail the public perception of the profession.

So to end on a positive note, I would like to thank deeply the majority who quietly perform their duties and derive satisfaction from bringing smiles to the faces of those they serve.

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