Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The end of the Diamond Jubilee

So big whoop. I'm not a monarchist, but I'm not a republican either. I recognise the good job the monarch does in the balance of our constitutional monarchy, but that's as far as it goes.

Watching the coverage though was an exercise in arse-kissing. For me the particularly egregious points was that the Diamond Jubilee was an "achievement" or/and that the Queen should be "rewarded" for it.

Congratulations at a young age you inherited a position that you cannot (pretty much) be fired from that comes with the privilege of the best food, accommodation and medical care money can buy. Managing to last that long with all those 'hardships' is hardly an achievement and most certainly doesn't require rewarding in and of itself.

If you want to hold a celebration do so because of the moderating influence she's had on our government, the apolitical advice she's provided to our leaders from years of experience, but not because she's simply managed to last this long.