I am a Miners son, you remember the Miners I suppose, those people who did dangerous work and spent most of their lives buried alive, I come from Sheffield where heavy industry reigned – my mother was a ‘Jolly Buffer’ (someone who polished knives) and we made steel, we were fiercely Socialist but also Royalist – I never worked out the contradiction I just accepted it – I was brought up my Grandma who was adamant that ‘Royalty’ had special blood in them – no dirty jokes please, at least not in the same sentence as my Grandma!
We adored the Monarchy, they were special and they did add colour, and I think were above politics and this is something that people who do not have a Royal Family can fully understand, and I would defend them; I actually like that our national anthem celebrates a person and not the country. They are the personification of noblese oblige. So with all this indoctrination why am I not waiving my flag on 29 April 2011?
It started a year ago when I began to realise that the wedding seems ‘convenient’ to shore up an unpopular government, I believe it was suggested a wedding in April 2011 would be good after we have slashed social services, give the plebs something to take their minds of the real issues – bread and circuses and all that.
Then there was the thing about the ‘cheers in the Cabinet’ when it was announced – it just sounded so … Tory (God Bless their gracious majesties, forelocks touched and medal shone!), I have this image of a scene from the ‘Planet of the Apes’ with the Gorillas and Chimpanzees jumping up and down on the table, and swinging from the chandeliers – rather disturbing.
The guest list to the wedding is the he good and great, the despicable and morally corrupt, everything the Republicans hate about the Monarchy, they couldn’t invite Gordon Brown and Tony Blair because they were not ‘Knights of the Garter’ but can invite the ambassador of Uganda who’s country nearly passed a law issuing death sentences to people living with HIV, and only at the last minute have we rescinded the invite of the Syrian Ambassador, but still the Ambassador of Zimbabwe, North Korea and Iran will be there, but not our former, democratically , elected leaders – this is just plain wrong! Seeing Cameron and the Cabinet, dressed in their aristocratic monkey suits, is just nauseating. It is just an exercise in power and privilege.
Funnily enough the people protesting against the war in Afghanistan and Iraq are not allowed to protest because they are obstructing the pavement, but people who can camp out for five days to wave their flags.
The wedding is an exercise of privilege and political spin and I’m not waving my flag