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Elitist Fascism emerging in Britain - renaming Big Ben and the immigrant test

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The clock tower widely known as Big Ben is to be renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen, the House of Commons has confirmed.

It follows a campaign, backed by most MPs and the three main party leaders, to rename the tower in recognition of the Queen's 60 year reign.

At present the famous central London landmark is described by the Palace of Westminster as the Clock Tower.

The House of Commons authorities have now agreed the change.

- 26th June, 2012  BBC


Big Ben to Elizabeth Tower

It is not a simple renaming of Big Ben.  It is not a simple, ‘in honour of the Queen’.  It is a historical, socio-economic, and cultural statement.  


Very briefly,


What these parliamentary plonkers are doing here is validating the principle of exploitative privilege, and the class hierarchy in general, by affording it a visually prominent place on the most prominent of horizons in the UK, and one of the more renown of vistas on the planet.People aren’t going to name something after someone, or an event, which is abhorrent are they.  And even if it is such a case, the younger generations, and future ones, being reared beneath the shadow of a meaningfully structured structure, are going to be more accustomed to it as ‘our culture, our history, thus deserving continuity’.  This, is what i term, ‘the construction of a perspectival infrastructure’.  That is, what you see and experience, as far as sounds and sights and anything that appeals to any of one's senses go, and which direct what you think and don’t think, what you feel and don’t feel, and what you’d consider, and won’t consider.

What these parliamentary plonkers are doing here is validating the principle of exploitative privilege, and the class hierarchy in general, by affording it a visually prominent place on the most prominent of horizons in the UK, and one of the more renown of vistas on the planet.  


Changes in UK Citizenship Test

home secretary, Theresa May
And at about the same time, changes are being made to the ‘citizenship test’ that focuses more on historic battles and events - that would not cast the idea of privilege, the elite, and the monarchy in a negative light - whilst complementing this with a movement away from a focus on rights and individual significance. 

Basically, such a focus presents the people working with an elite throughout British history to bring about the progress that it currently enjoys.  In other words, the elite is presented as an integral part of any imaginings on the part of the people for further progress - which detracts them from the fact that even more progress can be had if their royal and exploitative arses were to be kicked in the direction of the Thames.

One also has to memorise the first paragraph of the National Anthem in order to pass the test.  For the unawares, the first paragraph focuses on allegiance and worship of the Queen.  Again, a reinforcement of privilege and the exploitative class hierarchy, the pinnacle of which the parasitic and so-called 'Royal' family of Great Britain occupies.

God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen.
ed says, "fcuk that bollocks."


The revised version will focus less on the practicalities of daily living in Britain and require more knowledge of British history and achievements....

The paper says immigrants will also have to learn the first verse of the national anthem before they can become UK citizens....

Mrs May is understood to have scrapped sections of the test which dealt with claiming benefits and the Human Rights Act....Instead potential immigrants will be expected to learn about Byron, the Duke of Wellington, Shakespeare and other historical and cultural figures.
A Home Office official said: "It's a move away from the old one – stuff on rights, practical info that has little to do with British culture – to one that is clear about responsibilities and requires people to have a grounding in our history."

(ed: this last, and most telling paragraph, was removed from the BBC article shortly after i read it, as i suppose it revealed, too much, the intentions of the government.  This last bit is copied from the Guardian article)

1st July, 2012, BBC


It is all too obvious that the elite in the UK are riding on the euphoria following the so-called Queen’s ‘Diamond Jubilee’ not too long ago when all the peasants of Britain took it as an opportunity to feel good about themselves albeit through a Queen whom they've had to pay for through their arses.  This, in tandem with the upcoming Olympics (which ed can't be bothered about as ed isn't an unintelligent human being), is elevating national pride to almost goose-stepping proportions, and which the elite are taking advantage of in their slipping in these changes that might not elicit as much opposition given the national high the people are experiencing. 

Immigrants are being discouraged from infusing ‘British’ culture with their own cultural elements, and, in effect, maintaining the historical culture required to maintain the elite’s position. Focusing more on culture and the historical ‘Christianity’ of Britain is just an attempt to distract that part of the British population whom take pride in it, whilst slipping in elements that reinforces the position of the elite, and their so-called queen.  Basically, immigrants are being discouraged from infusing ‘British’ culture with their own cultural elements, and, in effect, maintaining the historical culture required to maintain the elite’s position.

As i had stated time and again, ‘a culture borne of particular conditions will tend to replicate those conditions wherever and whenever it is practiced’.  In other words, as ‘British culture’ grew within the auspices of the elite’s rule, and had elements of it that threatened the latter the most removed, the culture is not just about pudding, pies, and pilsners, but also a structure that enables one to look up at the elite and deem nothing amiss.  Go think about that.

ed’s comment on the issue elsewhere,

The new test will move away from 'stuff on rights' 'which has little to do with British culture' whilst one part of it requires one to learn the first part of the anthem which worships the queen.

One of the most significant achievements of British culture and history is the recognition of the significance and, hence, rights of the individual. This test appears to ground the potential immigrant in knowledge required to reinforce and maintain the hegemony of the elite at the expense of increasing the appreciation of the common individual's significance.



They can take this test and stuff it in the so-called Queen's arse for all I care. But I wouldn't mind taking the test, getting the citizenship, and then being able to say that to the so-called queen's face without the risk of deportation.


ed





Comments

  1. Great pic and representative of what's going to happen soon. The royals and elites (big ben) looking down at the people and the people looking up at the London landmark and feeling proud of it without realising that they are gradually losing the most significant part of them - rights of the individual.

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