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Monday, June 04, 2012

It's a Royal Washout!


Torrential rain sees 438 people treated for hypothermia at yesterday's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, 71 were hospitalised - I suspect one particular 86 year old woman was not one of those who suffered too much

Monarchy would not have continued so many ages in the world, had it not been for the abuses it protects. It is the master-fraud, which shelters all others.
Thomas Paine

In Britain, there is — and I ask you not to forget it — a monarchy... Now a monarchy cannot be depicted from any point of view as an expression of the highest culture, as one of the highest attainments of mankind... In Britain there is still to this day an aristocracy enjoying distinctions of rank. There is a House of Lords. In Britain, finally, the church, or rather the churches, wield tremendous influence in all spheres of life...And if you approach Britain one-sidedly from this aspect, that is, from the aspect of the monarchy, the House of Lords, the aristocracy, landlordism and church influence, then you would doubtless say that the most barbarous and backward country in Europe is Britain... The British monarchy, hypocritical British conservatism, religiosity, servility, sanctimoniousness all this is old rags, rubbish, the refuse of centuries which we have no need for whatsoever.
Leon Trotsky

As I believe in neither God nor the Queen, what is the point in calling on one to save the other?
Paul Foot recalling his response when he was once harangued for failing to stand-up and sing the National Anthem at the cinema.

8 Comments:

At 1:00 pm, Anonymous David Duff said...

"you would doubtless say that the most barbarous and backward country in Europe is Britain... The British monarchy, hypocritical British conservatism, religiosity, servility, sanctimoniousness all this is old rags, rubbish, the refuse of centuries which we have no need for whatsoever."


So, what we really need is a Soviet Socialist State in which all the "rags, rubbish and refuse", or 'people' as some silly, sentimental lackeys call them, can be dumped in the highly efficient killing machines run by the State. Any one who has the temerity to criticise the State will be dealt with severely with an ice-pick through the head - oh, damn, who's that at the door at this time of the day . . . ?

 
At 2:40 pm, Blogger Snowball said...

David - in terms of barbarism, monarchy, and treating people like 'refuse', what did you make of this scandal? Did it make you proud to be British?

 
At 6:10 pm, Anonymous David Duff said...

You will have to take my word for it but I just knew which story that would take me to.

And, no, it didn't make me proud because it was obviously an abberation but were it to become S.O.P, I would be both proud and pleased. You see, I am ratehr against giving OPM (Other People's Money) to those who do not deserve it, but if they are to have it then I expect more than my money's worth!

 
At 9:08 am, Anonymous David Duff said...

And now we have the real story. The little babies were dropped off by coach at 3.00am and had to wait until 5.00am before starting work. So they had a whole two hours to stand under a bridge. It's enough to make you cry - with laughter!

 
At 11:19 am, Blogger Roobin said...

More abberations:

Indian famine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengal_famine_of_1943

Irish famine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_(Ireland)

Indian Massacre: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jallianwala_Bagh_massacre

Irish massacre: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Sunday_(1920)

More Irish massacre: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Sunday_(1972

Concentration camps in Kenya: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_concentration_and_internment_camps#Kenya

Internment in Ireland: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Demetrius

Kurds gassed more than 60 years before Saddam Hussein thought of the idea: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/apr/19/iraq.arts

 
At 12:27 pm, Blogger Roobin said...

That's if we're doing whataboutery: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/whataboutery

 
At 5:51 pm, Blogger Snowball said...

David - I'm afraid I don't really understand this point: 'I am rather against giving OPM (Other People's Money) to those who do not deserve it, but if they are to have it then I expect more than my money's worth!'

Do bankers and the monarchy - recipients of OPM - or rather large sums of the taxpayers money - our money - really give back to society anything of value? And while Queenie might claim to help the tourist industry, would people really not come to Britain if Buckingham Palace was turned into something useful like a centre for sheltering homeless people or something?

 
At 6:31 am, Blogger Allen smith said...

People as some silly, sentimental lackeys call them, can be dumped in the highly efficient killing machines run by the State.
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