1977 Silver Jubilee badge - What has changed? Nothing
It seems that many people writing about the Diamond Jubilee celebrations want to paint a rosy picture. One that has we Brits happily flag waving for our beloved Queen even though times are tough. Some will say that if people are not happy with the Monarchy why are they not protesting on the streets? However it is not that simple.
A small contingent of republicans protested during the Thames flotilla June 3, 2012. Those who were attending to support the British Monarchy came from all over the world. A fair smattering of Brits waving flags may have been present but not on the grand scale of old.
The weather was dire but die hard royalists were still out securing a good vantage point since the early hours of the morning. If you watched UK TV, especially the BBC and SkyNews it would seem that we Brits had nothing more in mind today, June 3, 2012, than the Jubilee. Wrong.
It was not just the rain that put a dampener on the event but rather a lack of enthusiasm. Much as the media tried to instill British pride and more it failed dismally, especially outside of London. No sign of red white or blue is visible in many towns, streets, and roads.
Those who praise the event as a time when we can all get together have missed the point. It will take more than an expensive celebration to make the British people happy right now. They are faced with buffoons in government who do more U turns than a leaner driver as they whittle away at people's incomes and freedoms.
Hell bent on more war The UK government look set to embark on further conflict, this time in Syria. The gap between the rich and poor in the UK is widening daily but we are expected to be happy that we have a non elected head of state. Food banks have sprung up around the UK to try and help the needy.
Whilst many of us will have some admiration for the way that the Queen has operated over the years most of us know the truth. For the British Monarchy it is a business. The Firm. You can argue until you are blue in the face that the British Royal Family bring money into the UK but we never see any figures to prove that their cost offers true value for money. THEY have never had it so good. Sadly we cannot say the same.
Instead it is more like a small group of the British elite who prosper and want the old establishment to continue into perpetuity.
The TV programs scheduled for the Diamond Jubilee have tended to be ones that looked through rose coloured glasses at the Monarchy. There have been odd ones which have shown a different point of view. Not so much opinion but history which is often conveniently forgotten.
One interesting program detailed Lord Mountbatten and the work he did to make sure that his relative, Prince Philip, then a minor Greek royal, was anglosised in order for the British people to accept him as husband to Princess Elizabeth. It showed just how ordinary people are manipulated this way and that. Of course if you look back at the blood line of the British Royal family you will find that they are far from British. The problem when Philip wanted to marry Elizabeth was that it was not long after the Second World War. People wanted her to marry closer to home. In reality of course that could have included Germany.
BBC TV Sunday June 3, 2012, aired a debate on the UK monarchy. It posed many interesting points. On the one hand were those who praised the Queen. On the other were republicans or maybe we should say realists. One compared her grandmother who had worked hard all her life to the Queen. We are constantly being told how hard the Queen works and so on. As was pointed out though she never had to apply for her job, nor face the sack, redundancy, homelessness, a reduction in income, combining paid work with work in the home, poor education, NHS health cuts and more.
Whilst we having nothing against the Queen for many people she is just the Queen. A national institution. A privileged person. Her birth sealed her future much as happens to a child born into poverty in Africa. Sadly the child's future is sealed to a terrible fate.
It may be only the second Diamond Jubilee in the UK but hopefully it will be the last. Some years ago a colleague said to this blogger that Kings and Queens plus Princes and Princesses belonged in fairy stories, and yes we agree. Either that or in the past. Not in 21st century Great Britain.
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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