Therefore moments like this are always difficult for me. Should I completely ignore the upcoming royal event and therefore, however minimally, reduce the amount people talk about it, or should I come out swinging and talk about parasites and outdated institutions and so forth?
But back to the event. As someone from a country where the primary source of news is the BBC then the thing that myself and other like-minded people are dreading the most is the outpouring of sycophancy that goes along with these things. When these things come around the BBC goes into overdrive in its attempts to pretend, against all evidence, that everyone in the UK is all part of the same big family. The deference and obsequiousness are vomit-inducing, at best.
An American friend recently said to me though, that it was amazing how much interest this was getting. In America? Really? For a second I thought for all your faults you had at least gotten over this problem and asked myself why this sudden regression was happening?
But with a little more thought I realised that you haven't gotten over it all, have you?
And that is what it is all about at the end. The monarchy still exists because the pageantry provides a distraction from the reality of the difficulties of life. The same goes for celebrity culture.
The final defence of royalty that is usually given is that is "difficult living your life in the public glare". I have no doubt that it is. Therefore, why don't we do the humane thing and make the position redundant and thus relieve them of the burden. We could do the same with celebrities who haven't actually contributed anything.
I, for one, won't be mentioning any of this again.
Dave by Dave
*My friend told me that he would go with "cause for a contemporaneous labotomy, disembowelment and popping of the vitreous humours with hot pokers"