Firstly congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton, enjoy your day I am pleased for each of you as individuals and I hope your lives together are happy and your marriage lasts your lifetimes.
Congratulations to you too, you are invited to the Royal Wedding.
But now for the RANT
While I am happy for William and Kate as individuals the Royal Wedding is sending me crazy and it’s time for a RANT, because I HATE the crap surrounding the Royal Wedding (and the institution of Royalty…but more of that further below)
You’re invited (whether you like it or not)
Like the caption on the invitation image says… insert your name here, because like it or not you are invited to the spectacle of the Royal Wedding. Sure you might not have a seat at Westminster Abbey and you may not get to rub shoulders with the upper crust, but as a member of the Hoi Polloi you have front row seat to the circus.
WHAT? you’re not interested in the wedding! Well then you had better turn off your TV, switch off the radio and avoid all newspapers, magazines and newsstands for the next week or so, or you’ll have to endure the circus.
And it is a circus…. how much crap advertising and bullshit media have you seen regarding the wedding already… things like “we’ll be doing live crosses to the Royal Wedding all week” … FFS the wedding is happening on ONE day, ONE day!
Take that Silver Spoon and….
The other thing that really bugs me about this is the concept of Royalty itself…
By an accident of birth someone gets born into the Windsor Family and they are entitled to a life of privilege and public subsidy, all because of a history of bloodshed and inbreeding that resulted in the house of Windsor occupying the palace and historical developments that result in a conservative status quo that means another palace coup is never going to happen…..
I am opposed to any system that rewards someone simply by virtue of the accident of their birth, and particularly a system that imposes that accident of birth on a population in another country half way around the world.
The Royal Family (despite what the constitution of my country says) in reality has NOTHING to do with the day to day running of, development of or prosperity of my country and apart from being an anachronistic appendage delivers nothing.
So I guess it is no secret that I am in favour of a Republic for my sunburnt country.
One bright spot….
At least one bright spot is that a couple of Australian media outlets have decided to give people like me a break and continue to screen other programs like sport and push the wedding off to their alternative digital channels ….THANK YOU!
Will you take up your invitation?
Are you going to insert your name in the space provided, are you going to soak up the saturation media coverage… or are you like me, and over it for a few reasons.
I’d love to know what you think about the wedding and the Royal Institution, so let rip in the comments!