The bunting is starting to go up for the Queens Diamond jubilee. 60 years in the same job is remarkable. I think my
43 years is a long time!
I am surprised to see so much bunting appear from Wednesday. I noted with amusement that the people who put up Christmas decorations in November are also the first people to put up the bunting. They are the people who live on the coucil estate I cycle through from work. The poorest people. the people who you would think probably have the most resentment about class and priveledge.
I am a reluctant Royalist. My take is…I hate the thought of inequality, but realistically, every country has a head of state who costs the country money and so, on balance, I would prefer a politically neutral head of state who has been trained for the job by centuries of family culture, than a elected politician who could abuse their power and costs a fortune to elect every few years. Who possibly only gets to be the head of state because they are the most ambitious, pushiest and richest candidate, or God forbid the biggest bully.
Plus, I will be honest, I enjoy the whole voyeuristic, gossipy, fascination of the soap opera that is the “life of the royals”, as they play out their life and loves in public…and it brings in a lot of tourist revenue!
Maybe that is why we got rid of our monarchy in 1649 only to bring it back with Charles 2nd twenty years later! Maybe we saw the error of our ways……… and needed something to gossip about!
It is also my opinion, that the experience of the week after Diana died, when the public mood was ugly, made the Queen and family realise how precarious their position is and that they are in the position they are, because we, the public, keep them there and that can change very quickly.
Last year I went to London to see the Royal wedding of William and Kate, with an American friend. I really enjoyed the whole experience. I love weddings anyway. and was not at that point particularly Royalist. But I came under a lot of fire from some of my more republican friends and family.
My experience at the wedding not only made me proud to be British but also gave me a bit of appreciation of how restricted the Royals must be. Not just by security and fame but also by their upbringing and duty,.
Imagine having to consult a protocol book for every decision you make and having a set of family values that are so in the dark ages, when the rest of the country have freedom to do more or less what they want.
So I look forward to the Jubilee weekend and what entertainment it brings.
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