Thomas Mathew writes from London: I don’t know whether you’ve noticed it but republicans in Britain have been very vocal in showering praise on the Queen lately and, even more remarkably, insisting – yes, insisting – that her Diamond Jubilee is celebrated in style and with no costs spared. People you would never have expected to have warm feelings for the monarch are actually telling everyone that they are going to have a great big party, to celebrate the 60 years of her reign.
Call me a cynic, but I just don’t buy this. Yes, that is how I am. I don’t have faith in people with shifty eyes and sweaty palms, changing their tune all of a sudden. It just doesn’t work like that in my book. In my book republicans don’t just give up their nasty agendas for no reason. That is why I see the makings of another treachery in all of this ‘excitement’ that is supposedly gripping the republican minority.
So let me give you my take on what is going on here. I know for a fact that republicans in Britain decided some years ago to seize all open attacks on the Queen, having realised that she enjoys such widespread support in the land. The decision was taken to go with the flow, so to speak, and undermine the future generations of the Royal Family without criticising the Queen herself. That is why republicans have got a soft spot for the Duchess of Cornwall, reckoning that she alone makes Prince Charles look very unsuitable for the role of the next king. You know, marrying her in a civil ceremony, like some commoner. And that was also why the republicans have another soft spot for the Duchess of Cambridge, who makes Prince William look very unroyal. That republican press has been praising Kate Middleton, even though it is clear as daylight that she is so unsuitable to be queen that it makes sense to abolish the monarchy to keep her out.
But here’s the cunning republican plan regarding the Diamond Jubilee: they are hoping that once the celebrations end and the costs become known, people will start to doubt whether it was a good idea to blow all those tens of millions at a time when the country is in fierce recession. And it would start to look really awkward and, as republicans hope, the negative aftertaste would damage the Royal Family as whole and even the Queen herself. And that is what this whole farce is all about. And later I bet republicans will be saying things like: ‘Sure it was very expensive but it was all worth it.’ And snigger and rub their sweaty palms, knowing that the damage is done.
Mind you, the Queen can spoil the republican mood by summoning all her counsels from the House of Lords to Buckingham Palace and telling them, very publicly, that as Her Government is planning to get rid of them and create an elected Senate they can gather in her place of official residence and discuss matters of state. And that would really piss off all the enemies of the monarchy, because members of the House of Lords give an oath to Her Majesty and no government can dispose of them by pushing through dodgy legislation.
Now that would add some serious sparkle to the Diamond Jubilee and force those lefties to lose their cool and reveal their true face.