The New Heir to the English Throne: Some Thoughts
However it is gratifying to see that even in London there is skepticism about their so called contributions to British public life. I am quoting, from the magazine Strike :
Be the inferior to no one, nor of anyone be the superior’ - William Saroyan
Lots of people say, ‘oh, leave off the royal family, they do a lot for charity, y’know?’. If I was an unemployed multi-millionaire, I’d do a lot for charity, too. Many fine people do work for charities: almost all manage to get in everyday without the aid of a chauffeur. That the royal family are themselves a charity should negate any charitable work they do; why not cut out the middle-man and give the cash straight to those in need? This might avoid parties, palaces and peacocks being skimmed off the top.
‘Yes, but what about the tourism, man? Don’t forget the tourism!’ It is as absurd as it is insulting to the entire nation to suggest that people would not visit our green and pleasant land without the Windsors – that the entire sum of our cultural worth resides in the crown and its cronies. France doesn’t have a monarchy, but plenty of people go to Paris to see the Louvre. I hear the food’s half-decent, too.
We Brits love democracy. We’re mired in misadventure all around the globe, obliterating foreigners and putting our sons and daughters in danger, in its name. Yet in our own country, we’re happy with having a picture on our stamps and sterling of a lady who believes she deserves to be there by divine right – because God said so. And simply because, for as long as we care to remember, it has been so. Doesn’t democracy deserve better?
Isn’t it time for a re-think?
If that is what at least one section of the British public is thinking, perhaps we should at least be able to ignore them? Or have even 65+ years of freedom been unable to shake off the effects of 200 years of slavery?