Making the case against the Monarchy often feels like pissing into royal wind. Because, to my astonishment, most people have an (unexamined) sentimental attachment to this feudal circus.
Even obvious royal disasters like the queen interfering in the Scottish referendum or when the Windsors could barely manage to squeeze out a tear between them when poor oul Princess-Of-Hearts-England’s Rose In the Wind died…these awkward historical facts are hastily glossed over. Or sympathetically re-imagined featuring Helen Mirren.
Forlocks are tugged. Grovelling returns.
So for the rebel alliance, it often feels like things will never change – and indeed that is the point of the whole charade – for us plebs gaze at the palaces with half wit wonder and understand that They are immovable – THE ROCK OF MONARCHY on which the glorious UK caste system is constructed.
But then, things never change until they do.
So here’s a couple of republican reasons to be cheerful…
They try to pretend that Queeny is a near deity like in her existence, but she’s human. And she’s going to the Great Royal Enclosure in the sky soon enought (and please, be prepared for an orgy of orchestrated sad face ). And whilst I won’t cheer the death of another person, nor will I feel any sense of loss.Nor should you. You don’t know her either.
Which brings us to the First republican reason to be cheerful – that Charles is next in line, and he is clearly a pitiful ol’ toff with a head full of broken biscuits.
Please feel free to exercise your Republican Anti-Charles muscles here. He’s an unsympathetic character, he’s clumsy, he’s dull.
The second reason is that Harry Windsor’s said something genuinely intriguing – that not one of the Unremarkable Windsor Family actually wants to wear the crown, and that he nearly ran away from the circus.
This is not as satisfying a finale as you and I doing wheelies round the palace corridors whilst raiding the wine cellars, but we would accept their surrender.
Monarchy is a form of child abuse – not as some of the rumour-mongers would have it – but as in, being a royal kid is being brought up as a freak, with no options, no real freedom to grow, and surrounded by flunkeys. 12 year old Harry was forced to stiff upper lip behind his mother’s coffin. C’mon, that’s pretty traumatising. (Interesting that Chazza never even got a ‘thanks Dad’ in same interview)
And thirdly, the role of the right wing media is declining. For years the monarchy has received relentlessly fawning coverage in the newspapers. But who, under the age of 30, buys a newspaper? Social media is doesn’t do pull out souvenir specials.
And there’s only so many hammy Ant’n’Dec specials the royals can do.
So make your voice heard – tweet, facebook, declare yourself a republican. The only other option is to behave as if we already are a republic. When no-one watches royal specials, when no-one turns up at visits, then they’re already gone….
And finally….a self declared, proud republican very nearly became PM. Fancy that !
And to continue our rebellion …you could….y’know….share a link to this blog on Facebook or Tweeter ?