… and i dont care who knows it!

I hope that I’m not alone when I say that I’m fed up with the royal wedding – really really fed up. I think I would describe myself as a republican except thatti have no problem keeping the royal family so long as:

– the taxpayer does not subsidise their activity / lifestyle
– they cease to have any role in constitutional matters / politics / formation of governments
– they become a self funding / self sustainable tourism attraction
– any appointments of members of the royal family to posts (trade ambassadors or whatever) are subject to Nolan principals and are only made after open and fair application processes
– funds generated by land / property ownership not only go into keeping up a minimum number of properties but also help to fund regeneration projects in surrounding communities

That’ll do for starters.

Now then, this royal wedding rubbish. I have no problem with people getting married. I have no problem with the extra bank holiday although I understand the SME argument for not having one – I mean there are quite a lot of days off that week already. Make no mistake though – I will be taking full advantage of it.

One of my biggest gripes – why is there so much news and media time being dedicated to this? There was a story on the BBC news channel yesterday about how long the Household Cavalry take to polish their uniforms and medals and practice for this thing – who cares? We’ll leave alone the sheer wastefulness of having from I can see is a largely ceremonial regiment dedicated to tourism and parading around a large gravel car park outside Buckingham Palace and stay with the media focussed question – how is that news? And secondly and perhaps most bizarrely when we are engaged in any number of conflicts around the world and in the same week that more information was released about the Nimrod aircraft and its viability why is the defence correspondent doing a piece on the horse boys???!!!!???

Royal wedding apps, memorabilia, pizza toppings and dedicated programming on any number of media outlets – its too much! Let them get married fine. Ok we need security but let’s not go completely nuts over it all – perhaps too late.

On the wider issue of the royal family as I said, let’s have them as a tourist attraction which is NOT subsidised by the taxpayer at all. I didn’t vote for them and as far as I can see many of them have displayed staggeringly poor judgement with regards their interactions with the real world.

I wouldn’t go as far to say let’s abolish the monarchy but they should not receive public funds or have any say in the way the country is run.

Does that mean I can still call myself a republican?