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Thread #131011   Message #2955046
Posted By: Stu
30-Jul-10 - 06:40 AM
Thread Name: BS: Is Monarchy Obsolete in the UK?
Subject: RE: BS: Is Monarchy Obsolete in the UK?
"Basically, who TF are you yanks to tell us what you are going to do."

This is the sort of small-minded, parochial, sweeping generalisation that serves no-one but reinforces ignorant prejudices. I agree Menendez is displaying the sort of hypocrisy beloved of all politicians the world over but don't suggest all Americans should be tarred with the same brush.

"If anything is obsolete in this country, it's the concept of polarised socialist/capitalist (Left v. Right) political thinking."

Why? Because we should all doff our caps to the established capitalist system and be good little consumers? Unlucky kiddo! Not going to happen as long as people live and breathe and give a shit about each other, our society, our diverse culture(s), our science and the planet we live on.

There's an alternative thread of history on these islands that eschews the injustices of the feudal system and shows we are a people capable of progressive thinking and compassionate, inclusive politics. Bollocks to the monarchy and it's acolytes in all it's forms; the real achievers in this country have been ordinary citizens who took it upon themselves to challenge the established order for the better of all: Wat Tyler, John Cade, John Lillburne, The Levellers, Winstanley and the Diggers, The Tolpuddle Martyrs, the Putney debates, Wolfe Tone, Henry Hunt, Darwin along with Wallace and Huxley (flying in the face of the Church), The Chartists, The Suffragettes, Connolly and the many others who suffered and died for ideals far beyond the shallow, elitist and exclusive concept that we should all be the loyal subjects of people whose only qualification to rule and represent us is the fact they born into privilege and wealth, ignorant of the real sufferings and issues faced by those not so lucky.

They have no place in a modern, progressive society and we should not be represented by them. By all means, they can still keep their titles and money but they manage by themselves and not be connected to the state in any way, shape or form. As a nation, we deserve better than to be called the subjects of anyone - I for one refute the idea I am subject of any Queen or future king. Sod that.