the dirty “r” word

i want to say right at the start that i did quite like the royal wedding – i got caught up in it and watched it etc etc. there was a nice feeling etc. however as i said in my blog post about it i was a bit concerned about the sheer level of media coverage and i set out my position in relation to the royal family – not wildly popular i wouldn’t have thought especially given the apparent love for the royals at the moment – irish visit, royal wedding etc.

i am certainly not advocating the violent overthrow of the monarchy as these people seem to be saying – i dont think that is at all the way forward. furthermore i think that site has a clear party political focus on it and that was not what i wanted to talk about or read about.

this week in Wales the queen et al came to Cardiff Bay to officially open the Fourth Assembly – semi interesting from a professional point of view and quite funny watching the great unwashed cheering from behind barriers and the funny hats that the Welsh well to do women picked out for the occasion, but more than that i was particularly interested in the sheer amount of flak that some members of Plaid Cymru (the nationalist party – the clue is in the name) took on various social media outlets about deciding not to turn up for the event. now personally if it had mean me i would not have given interviews to the press or made a song and dance, i would have simply got on with other things – constituency work and the like and gone about my business.

that’s right – i said it. oh dear. if i was an Assembly Member (for a ficitional party that i have apparently now joined – or even an independent, that might be better) i would not have turned up for the official opening today, because, and i am not embarassed or feel weird about saying it – i consider myself a republican. (please note – definintely not in the sense of the republican party in the States – simply not a royalist). and furthermore i do not see the problem in being a republican.

n.b – just to add that i also think that the swearing an oath to the queen in order to sit as an Assembly Member would have to be changed – Assembly Members are, are they not, first and foremost, answerable to their constituents?

as i said at the beginning of the post, i am certainly not advocating the violent removal of the royal family, simply that i do not believe that they should be the official head of state and certainly i wouldn’t be genuflecting any time soon. i have made my position clear about what role the royal family could play in British life in an earlier post. at this juncture i can do no better than to quote Samuel Vimes from the Discworld series:

“Whoever had created humanity had left in a major design flaw. It was its tendency to bend at the knees”

and furthermore, i saw this quote from one of my regional Assembly Members do the rounds on Twitter. i thought it excellent:

“We like to think we live in a meritocracy. We don’t. If we did, all children would be able to aspire to be head of state. Under a monarchal system, they can’t.”

and finally, i would also just like to say that i do not see anything offensive or morally wrong with the position and declaration of being a republican – just in case anyone was going to throw that back.

and finally finally, i would like to say well done to those Assembly Members who did not attend the official opening today in protest.

nuff said