Friday 1 June 2012

Feeling very foreign

It is the Diamond Jubilee and Queen Elizabeth is everywhere on the news. I mean more than usual. We have a bank holiday. I don't mind it at all, but I find the whole celebration like the monarchy: absurd and anachronistic. My readers know my feelings about the monarchy, how utterly antidemocratic I find it, how sycophantic I find the press coverage here, how bloody irrtating I find the way the people of this country lose all sense of criticism when it comes to the crowned heads of this country. So people are going to celebrate this Diamond Jubilee and I am like I was ten years ago during the Golden Jubilee, feeling very, very foreign, very much like the republican I am. I know Canada also has monarchy, heck it is the same monarchy. But I feel so darn foreign to this all. In these moments I see that however hard I may try, I will never be British.


PJ said...

I shall repeat myself in English for your English followers: Zaza II is nothing more than a really old, decrepit and presumably less slutty Paris Hilton.

Gwen Buchanan said...

The only way I can figure is that it is an historical connection for a country that used to have power over a large part of the world, possibly sort of like a security blanket.