Thursday, 21 April 2016
Today the Queen otherwise known as Mrs Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, turns 90, a long life indeed, and also shares a birthday with my own grandson who himself turns four today, so salutations to him as well.
Many of us today instead of joining in the sycophantic celebrations that are taking place would instead actually like to have a debate about Britain's future. After all no-one should be head of state for decades without any elections. Do we simply sit back and watch her son Charles become King, after her reign?
A long life is not an excuse in itself for a long reign. The fact that the Queen is now the longest reigning monarch I do not see in itself as a cause for celebration, but an opportunity and reminder of how much we need real radical democratic reform. Millions of us are simply not interested anymore in royal milestones, in times of austerity, and as usual we are denied the opportunity to hear any real debate about the future of the monarchy.
In a statement posted by Republic a grassroots movement that has over 5,000 members and 35,000 supporters it said todays event " reminds us that support for the monarchy is bound up with support for the Queen." The group has also criticised the BBC's coverage, I agree with them, adding it is the usual fawning display that simply does not warrant or deserve this amount of coverage, is there not much more worthy things that need reporting? It is completely over the top. The Republican movement in Britain has announced that it will campaign to make the case for holding a referendum on the future of the British monarchy after the Queen's death. Like me it does not think that the British monarchy a harmless tourist attraction that most people think, rather that it has a history of abusing public money and meddling in politics. Furthermore is it not the case that as long as we remain subjects not citizens, of our country, our political and social attitudes will continue to retain an archaic flavour that is harmful equally to our image of ourselves and attitude of others towards us. Until we turn our back on hereditary power at the top of our political, military and religious institutions we have little chance of shaking of the mentality of society defined by class that serves to prop up the same elitist status quo.
How can we continue to tolerate a hereditary monarch representing the feudal society of medieval England in a modern democratic state. How is it is still acceptable that the British taxpayer still has to pay £75,000,000 a year to support one of the richest families in Britain ( wealth accumulated and robbed from people during previous centuries) when people are made homeless, forced to sleep on the streets, how can we justify spending this on relics that serve no purpose while 13 million of us are in poverty and 913,000 of us are having to rely on foodbanks.. The Queen's private residence Buckhingham Palace estimated to be £55 billion!!
The monarchy like slavery , sexual and class discrimination and colonial exploitation is a throwback to our shameful past and an impediment to a bright future.
So happy birthday Mrs Windsor, but please let the British public decide now whether we want you or not, I have already made up my mind, it is outdated and does not serve our modern needs,an irrelevent drain on our society so viva republic.
Posted by teifidancer at 13:15