September 8, 2022 at 8:25 pm #232762
This commentary be a useful link for your social media.September 9, 2022 at 3:44 am #232764
Hope all are prepared for many days of solemn mourning and eulogies on how saintly she was.
But at least the good news is that we will hopefully get a public holiday for the state funeral and then another for the Coronation.September 9, 2022 at 7:45 am #232770ALBKeymaster
This event can be seen as symbolic. It marks the end of an illusion and will be the last time the rest of the world takes an interest in the death of a British monarch.
From now on appearance and reality will coincide. The rest of the world will openly recognise Britain as the second-class power it has long been — since in fact a few years into the last monarch’s reign, in 1956, the US told Britain to call off its invasion of Egypt and occupation of the Suez Canal. Britain will be treated as just another Scandinavian monarchy where the change of monarch is of no particular significance. Who is the king of Denmark? Canute? Hamlet?
Imperialist posturing by British politicians, with their talk of “Global Britain” and the like, may take somewhat longer to die out.September 9, 2022 at 8:34 am #232771AnonymousInactive
In Cuba it has been declared a day of mourningSeptember 9, 2022 at 8:46 am #232772Bijou DrainsParticipant
Thank god for Netflix.September 9, 2022 at 9:18 am #232774Lizzie45Participant
Unions representing Royal Mail postal workers and rail staff said they had chosen to cancel immediate strike action.
CWU general secretary Dave Ward said: “Following the very sad news of the passing of the Queen, and out of respect for her service to the country and her family, the union has decided to call off tomorrow’s planned strike action.”
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that his union joined the “whole nation in paying its respects” to Queen Elizabeth.
“We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and the country,” he added.
The train drivers’ union ASLEF said: “In light of the sad news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, ASLEF is postponing its industrial action on 15 September. We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and the country.”
So much for political consciousness!September 9, 2022 at 9:59 am #232779Bijou DrainsParticipant
No Doubt the unions have taken the view that the right wing press would have a field day if they didn’t postpone the strikes. Sometimes discretion is the better part of valourSeptember 9, 2022 at 10:30 am #232780Lizzie45Participant
“A people poisoned by the adulation of royalty can never attain social freedom. The mind accustomed to political kings can easily be reconciled to social kings – capitalist kings of the workshop, the mill, the railway, the ships and the docks.”
James ConnollySeptember 9, 2022 at 11:56 am #232786sshenfieldParticipant
ALB: Why shouldn’t the illusion continue, if it serves a purpose (or more than one)? As you say, it’s a long time since Britain was a world power and the illusion hasn’t faded yet. Here in the US the media are full of coverage of the royal succession.
I am curious about how Charles will behave as king. He has long been unusual as a royal for the interest he takes in public affairs. He has criticized modern architecture that he dislikes and expressed concern about global warming (he tried to persuade Trump that it exists). He has been in the habit of reading state papers, making comments on them and asking questions in interaction with senior civil servants. If this continues now he is king maybe the monarchy will regain some real political power?September 9, 2022 at 12:05 pm #232788
I wonder if his tampon conversation will be remembered on his coronation
The king who would be a tampaxSeptember 9, 2022 at 12:07 pm #232789
“If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star,” Obianuju Anya, an associate professor of second language acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University, tweeted Thursday afternoon.September 9, 2022 at 1:08 pm #232794Young Master SmeetModerator
I believe it’s been revealed that the Queen has had several close shaves over recent years: the state of her health appears to have been known at top media and political circles: it does look like the punishment beating of Charles takes on a new light, the Times must have known he was on the cusp of office and wanted to fire a shot across his bows: lets see, now irremovably ensconced in office, if we does do a bit of revenge wreaking…September 9, 2022 at 1:12 pm #232795
Charles … Not a popular royal name to the bourgeoisie!September 9, 2022 at 5:47 pm #232840sshenfieldParticipant
At the start of Elizabeth II’s reign the British government committed massive atrocities in Kenya to suppress the Mau Mau uprising and prevent Kenyan independence.
Caroline Elkins, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2010)
The crimes of British colonialism are not forgotten in Kenya or in South Africa:September 9, 2022 at 5:51 pm #232841
And it is the British ruling class that precipitated the now desperate plight of near-extinct animals, such as tigers, lions and elephants.
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