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How Not To Celebrate A Golden Jubilee


So, it is a royal jubilee year. What does that mean? That we have been ruled over, as subjects, for another 50 years. Yes, in 2002 this is the case. So let's all go out and celebrate.

This is the bizarre truth of the matter. However, there seems to be little point recounting the rational, logical arguments against having a monarchy, since everyone knows that they far overpower and outweigh any flimsy, make shift arguments in favour of the monarchy. The truth is that it seems to be irremovable, apart from when Princess Diana died.

Because many British people like the queen on their banknotes - well many of those over 50 anyway, and those are the ones in power. They like being ruled over, perhaps unsure that they could possibly manage otherwise, they think that for something to be a tourist attraction in must be lived in (clearly never visited any historical castles or monuments here or abroad, then), and they like paying out lots of money for others to undeservedly live a luxurious lifestyle.

What the monarchy means, in truth, is that the lives of many, many young people has been scandalously and outrageously impinged upon this summer, since the Queen ordered that the exam boards amend and adapt their timetables so that children could celebrate with her. This meant that the busiest exam week for GCSE and A-levels has been distorted and fiddled around with. Can there be a greater show of absolute arrogance and lack of empathy than this? Surely not. Should it be allowed? Certainly not. But, of course, it has been. Apart from the sheer nature of this scandal, we have to remember that exam boards cannot seem to set the correct questions when they know exactly what the timetable is going to be, let alone when they are messed around. The only people that read and understand the syllabuses these days seem to be the students.

The question currently being asked is, of course, will anyone turn out to celebrate? These wonderfully archaic relics, harking back to a bygone era, are taken out of cryogenic suspension, defrosted and placed on our TV screen so say how wonderful the 25th Jubilee was, and how people were unsure if celebrations would take place then. The queen is a wonderful person, they say, and so we should all turn out to celebrate. Many of our relatives are wonderful people, but do we celebrate nationally siginificant events in their lives? No!

But this time it is different. Even by the monarchies' hairy past, it has struggled to survive in recent times. We all know that it will die out sometime soon. Very, very few young people these days feel anything for the monarchy, and indeed why should they - it's never done anything for them, and they will not celebrate the jubilee - they may have a party on their day off, but they will not celebrate a jubilee. Some elder people may celebrate - but even then, there will be nowhere near the celebrations and excitement that there was in the past.

By: A Fed-up Brit on Tue, Jun 11th 2002

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