Should the Queen's Speech be cancelled, or perhaps just the Monarchy
Nick Clegg has called for the Queen’s Speech to be cancelled and replaced with emergency reforms. Would this clean up British politics?" [bbc]
a2ed's comment at BBC's site goes :
Looking at quite a lot of the comments here, i have to wonder whether the people here know what 'democracy' is all about. I don't see why the UK should have a 'Queen' and encourage insensible worship of celebrities. If people are so objective, as ought to be a requirement for any citizen, then why the worship of some woman when others like her have to huddle together to contend with increasing gas bills this winter.
Perhaps it might help wean the people off celeb-worship. Some say the ‘Queen’ is all that is 'great about this country' - and many of these people probably include those who went into an epileptic fit at the news of MJ's death. I’m thinking along the lines of a statue of say, a towering Buddha in gold, the worshipping masses living in relative poverty around it, whilst taking comfort in a golden Buddha watching benevolently over them whilst giving people afar the impression that the city has arrived at the Golden Age. Such nonsense. Imagine everyone in the UK contributing a quid to a common pool so that the people as a whole can think they are rich because of the accumulated millions – before going on to complain about the rising costs of housing, gas bills, etc. So long as we keep the ‘celeb industry’ going, we are going to be compromising that degree of objectivity amongst the masses required to keep lots of other subjectivity-induced troubles alive. You don't have to be a 'leftie' to think along these lines. You just have to give tyrannous reign to objectivity an what seems to be an uncommon common sense to do so.
The question ought to be, not if the Queen’s speech ought to be canceled, but if the Monarchy ought to be relegated to the dustbin of history. People complain about the divisive mentality of the BNP, but jostle against each other on Remembrance Day to catch a glimpse of one of the quintessential symbols of class/national division. How is it possible to bemoan the losses in WWI and II whilst celebrating one of the significant causes of it at the same time?
The generic strength of division, in the form of the national and class systems, is that which contributes significantly to the mind being rendered more amenable to other forms of division to counter the consequences of the former two.
Too bad the Indians kicked the British out of the Empire, if not, the British might have learnt a thing or two from them and pensioned off the 'Queen'.