Day after day we’re sold the fiction that the Royal Family – and in particular The Queen – is some sort of ever present po faced Demi God. But, you know what….she’s gonna go….
Elizabeth Windsor was born in 1926. Phillip Mountbatten was born in 1921. They’re both going to die, probably within the next decade. There’ll be a clamour for wailing peasants and tearful celebrities on an unprecedented scale. The black ties that BBC reporters carry with them, will be donned as part of Operation London Bridge .
Your Revolting Scribe here feels sympathy for any human being who dies, and it’s not a great look to be actively cheering on an Old Persons Death. Ultimately, a rich aristocrat who I never met, will have be gone and I won’t be in any way upset, but because I’m human – nor will I be leading a buckfast drinking Conga down the Mall.
But I will be resisting the compulsary sadfacing that is expected of us.
Because schedules will be cleared. The BBC will drop all comedy ( how dare you LAUGH at a time like this ?). Drippy music will be played even on Radio 1. The message will be clear – an posh old lady dying after a long life of luxury is a NATIONAL TRAGEDY.
How will this work with other news ? What if Betty pops her clogs on the same day as Brexit ? Or a horrible violent attack elsewhere? Or an hour before the Champions League final? How will the BBC cover differing reactions – Windsor will react in a very different way from the Falls Road Belfast, or Liverpool, or Glasgow….( answer – they won’t ).
[ a slightly odd Vanity Fair video about events]
The establishment knows, an interegnum, is a potentially volatile time. Whilst Republicans will be screamed at to show respect, the machinery of the establishment will kick in, ruthless ensuring that daring to even discuss the future of the monarchy is a sacriligous scandal. If we dare to ask if King Charles is really such a Good idea, the Royal Experts ( who already cashed in by signing exclusive deals to be part of Sky News rolling coverage) will declare we’re crass and hateful…
At the EXACT moment, when it’s vital to discuss whether The Monarchy should continue, UK Republicans will be told to be silent or be labelled callous opportunists.
I hope Republic have a plan for dealing with this, I hope Republican MPs speak up.
But in the age of social media, they can’t just declare that we’re ALL inconsolable weeping wrecks. We can make our voices heard. We can be visible. We have to say….
Sorry For Your Loss Windsors, But Lets Leave it There….
[ Please share this blog on Facebook, or elsewhere. Win the Revolution comes, you’ll get a free AIR BnB discount voucher for a Night in Balmoral*]
[ *not true. But do share]