Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The Magic Of Monarchy Which Politics Lacks


Well, after a four-day celebration in Britain, we are all left with a smile on our faces. For different reasons obviously; many for the Queen, some for the two free work-free day, others for the chance to party, or that rare meet-ups; with long-unseen family members, friends, even those neighbours some never get to meet or ever speak to. For whatever reason you smiled and celebrated, I bet you agree it was just fun.

However, one thing really stands out through it all. Had this been about a politician, and for four days, there would have been a mini-war. Why not? Because the different wings would peach against each other; The Right-wing versus the Centre-left, the Left-wing versus the Far-right, and vice-versa. But with a monarch, the game is entirely different. It is a neutral representative.

With a monarch, and one such as Queen Elizabeth II, even her most devilish enemies admires her. And this is what made the entire occasion an outstanding jollity.

Security obviously operated but went almost unnoticed, and thus was rarely invoked. Crowds of uncountable people, yet no stampede nor kettling. Protesting Republicans but yet did not start a fight nor fall out with the police or security operatives. The people all,both for and against were overtaken in their joy; and we can agree that that joy was united and has its primary root in the figure or institution for celebration.

Watching the River pegeant from London City Hall on Sunday, I waded through republican protesters to get inside and while inside, watched them beneath with their white placards on the river bank; yet, the spirit of protest or disenchantment were not just subdued, it was evidently absent. However, at the passing of the royal barge bearing the Queen and her family, the protesters did raise their placards up and down from their position behind the crowd.

In comparison, a public event for the most endearing politician in the world [today] would have instigated fracas if not war if it last this long. But this time, no eggs were thrown, no shouts were heard - well, it ever, it must have been drowned - and the arts of different shades and forms, cartoons and caricatures were all in good spirits, welcomed, enjoyed and added to the entire jubilation.

People of Britain should cherish the system they have built. Surely, looking back, the constitutional monarchy of today is a painstaking work and struggle of the people over the centuries, to reach this very pinnacle of civilization. The monarchy surely entrenches stability through its neutrality. For one, we all have an icon, a governing institution we can look up to and see balance rather than self-centred and career minded people who are, even in their best of wishes, focusing on winning with their opinions and strengthening their pockets.

Of course, we know that the man in line to succeed the present monarch is rather opinionated and do not hide it. But we also know that by the very virtue of the constitution and the office he would be holding come the time, that this neutrality will hold because that is what it has transformed to become through the ages of resistance to fiefdom and . Were we to vote for the next monarch, surely, no winner would earn our first choice vote enough to have majority fit enough to square to the instituted monarch we have.

1 comment:

Magic Russki said...

The Queen is a "hero of consumption", she confirms the affluence and abundance of this society by her superhumanly excessive lifestyle, that's her primary social function, hence the emotional tidal wave about the Jubilee. And those heroes of consumption who pay for their elevated position with their lives are the greatest ones, like Princess Diana. Amazing that Baudrillard explained it all way back in 1970!

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