I am at present in a heightened state of grumpiness, though some might suggest that this is BAU. The impending lifetime achievement award for the symbol of inequality in this land is causing me to get increasingly irritated. I see nothing to celebrate and, at a time of economic crisis across the world, it is beyond me why more people do not question the privileges bestowed on purely by virtue of birthright. At the time of the last Jubilee, the anti-monarchy sentiment was articulated very nicely by John Lydon. I would like to think he has not changed his opinion on this – I haven’t.
A few years after this I went to an academic conference (in Cambridge). A toast to the queen was announced after the conference dinner. Everyone dutifully stood up (including people from non-commonwealth countries), and raised their glasses of port un in unison – well everyone that is apart from me. I will not toast someone that has done nothing to deserve this, or pretend to support an institution that I disapprove of. Oddly enough no one said anything, but I got plenty of filthy looks. Well that is something I have got used to, though it’s not something I crave.
I would suggest that it is time for a Britannia spring, except that this may be construed as being racist. Celtic spring sounds good, but that does not include England (apart from Cornwall). Unfortunately I do not believe that there’s a great deal of anti-monarch sentiment at the moment. Some of this may be because people are afraid to express their true feelings, at least whilst the present monarch is on the throne. Time will tell.