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Why I’m not celebrating today

I went to a lovely wedding in December.  An old friend of mine, who when we spent more time together back in the early 2000s was single but clear he wanted to have a family, had for many years had one of those lovely relationships where they clearly adored each other, fancied each other rotten, complemented each others quirks and shared dreams of what they both wanted from their relationship.  They already had two young children when they got engaged, and I was really happy to be able to attend an honouring of their love and relationship in December.  It was so good to celebrate that someone I care about had managed to achieve the family that he had accurately predicted would make his life worth living, and in doing so had also made a new friend of mine happy too. :)

That was a beautiful, private celebration, where their friends and family came together to share in that celebration of two people that we knew and cared about.

I have no particular ill-will towards William and Kate.  Royalty no more deserve the riches and opportunities that the accident of their birth parents bestow upon them, than a child born into poverty deserves the opposite.  But also its the system we must change; William isn’t responsible for an unequal world that means his wedding day will cost millions of pounds, while others in this country struggle to give their children a decent start in life, and parents increasingly must work longer and longer hours instead of spending time actually parenting.

What is the monarchy?  My history classes taught me that feuding, invasions and wars resulted in the person most able to fight and scheme ending up on the throne.  And the realm over which that person would then reign was again dependent on how  much they, or their forefathers, conquered.  Over time many smaller kingdoms within Great Britain were consolidated resulting in a monarchy that merely represents the offspring of the most bloodthirsty, brutal and greedy.  They’re not responsible for what their ancestors did, but why should they benefit so much from it either?

I don’t want to celebrate today.  I don’t want revolting fawning over opulence and privilege everytime I check a news site or turn on the radio.  I don’t need to know anything at all about the wedding of two people I don’t know.  Instead I want to be celebrating that we have eradicated world poverty.  I want to see people in Britain united in creating a society which is fair, free, sustainable and peaceful.  Not to wave a silly bit of cloth around because two people that they’ve never met are having millions of pounds of our money spent on a single day of celebration.

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  1. TwoBobSmith
    April 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Well said. A fair and honest judgement of today’s nonsense.

  2. Wolfie Smith
    April 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    You are just jealous!

    • April 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      Not really. I’d hate to be in a position of knowing my wealth could save so many lives – would have to be in serious denial and cognitive dissonance unless i gave all that up, in which case i’d be the same as i am now anyway! :p

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