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.