Friday, June 16, 2006

Forget the Queen's 80th, what about our liberty, sovereignty and democracy?

The arch ruler Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, or, the Queen for short, has turned into an octigenarian. We will all be expected to show our deep felt respect for the Queen, and for all of her past 'achievements' on her 80th birthday. We'll also be expected to sing a long to that old tired anthem 'God Save the Queen' as well.

It's said that Her Majesty is 'universally respected' the world over. But, it's not entirely self-evident as to what exactly is it about the Queen we are supposed to respect. Is it for bringing up a family of no-marks with an army of nannies and servants?

The only reason I can see for why we should even bother to endow the Queen with our respects, is soley by the 'Grace of God', she was born with the name Mountbatten-Windsor, or, alternatively, it could be for the fact the Queen has never had to use the loo during any of her public engagements. Either way, to me, this is one of the most ojectionable features of Her Majesty - the culture of deference.

Forget about all that idol political chit-chat about British 'citizens', or who remembers John Major, and his nonsense about making Britain a 'classless' society? But, all it takes is one quick look at the Queen for me to know that Britain can't be 'classless', if anything, Britain is nothing but a class ridden society, through and through.

Whatever happened to the project of constructing a meritocratic, classless society? Ring-kissing, brown-nosed, bending of the knee subservience to the Queen, and the wider hierarchical social order must of killed it off.


At 6:09 PM, Blogger Matt M said...

I caught a few seconds of the birthday dinner. Tony Blair thanking the Queen in the name of the British people almost had me shouting at the TV.

The respect shown for the Royal Family, and the amount of money spent on them is totally out of place in a modern, democratic society, and just goes to show that whatever progress might have been made in the past few centuries this country still lies mired in its aristocratic past.

At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Joe said...

It's easy to forget how pernicious the whole monarchy thing is - but then the queen decides to visit the building where you work. Everyone's expected to completely re-organise their lives (and put up with searches) for her convenience, and behave as if that's just what's to be expected. Pathetic.


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