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National pride

With pomp, pageantry and ceremony rarely surpassed anywhere in the world, Prince William and Catherine Middleton have celebrated their marriage at Westminster Abbey.  This blog wishes the Royal newlyweds a happy life together blessed with love.

The eyes of hundreds of millions of people from around the world have fixed themselves on London to witness the kind of event that just doesn’t happen with anything like such majesty anywhere else.

If only the pride being felt by so many Britons in respect of this historic State occasion event could be felt for this country itself.

For the United Kingdom is in decline.  Our influence and place in the world has been reduced by people who see virtue in mediocrity and shame in success. Governance of the Realm has been surrendered to bureaucrats overseas in Brussels.  Our strength, economically, commercially and militarily has been purposely undermined. The politicians, rather than preside over improvement and enhancement in the life of all Britons, seek to level downwards and jettison the things that made this country great.  The can-do attitude and yearning to go further, do better and achieve more has been eroded by people who compensate for their lack of substance by mocking those who hold such sentiments.  Those who have secured a place in life, rather than encourage others to do the same, all too often seek to draw up the drawbridge to deny the opportunities they enjoyed being extended to others. These are just some of the problems from which the Royal Family have been largely insulated but have degraded this nation.

If only one day a change could take place in this country that would make us as proud of it as so many people were of the occasion observed by the world today. That would be a real cause for celebration, flag waving and a sense of national pride.

A week of sheer agony

Not wanting to rain on anyone’s parade, but this week is going to be insufferable as we reach saturation coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

I am happy for any young couple who are in love and choose to enter into the union of marriage.  I wish them every happiness.  However the Royal Wedding does not interest me in the slightest.  It’s not that I have anything against the happy couple, it’s just that I don’t know them and they’re not friends of mine.

It sets my teeth on edge happening across the overblown hype about the wedding, or rather being bombarded by it.  We’ve had so much of it, from the Daily Mail splashing a piece saying Britain Loves Kate on the basis of a survey of 1029 people to this morning’s BBC1 programme ‘When Royals Wed‘ with those seasoned Royal watchers Lesley Garrett and Larry Lamb. I can’t even escape it at work as there will be bunting, flags and even cut outs of the couple on display in the canteen. It goes on with literally thousands of derivative articles online and more programmes planned for screening this week.  The problem is, I just don’t care but I have to suffer it.  I’m afraid the Royals simply don’t mean anything to me. It’s obviously nothing personal because I’ve never even met them.

Thankfully the neighbours laughed at the idea of a street party, preferring instead to use the extra Bank Holiday to do something with their own families rather than fawn over one with which they have no connection.  So at least this little corner of the world can remain a wedding-free zone.

The madness of Prince Charles

Many people have long suspected that Prince Charles isn’t the full ticket.  He has done nothing to counter that suspicion in a documentary made for US television called Harmony.

Reported by the Daily Mail, in his own words His Royal Highness explains:

‘I can only somehow imagine that I find myself being born into this position for a purpose.

‘I don’t want my grandchildren or yours to come along and say to me, “Why the hell didn’t you come and do something about this? You knew what the problem was”. That is what motivates me.

‘I wanted to express something in the outer world that I feel inside… We seem to have lost that understanding of the whole of nature and the universe as a living entity.’

Perhaps such a self reverential perspective should be expected after a life spent encapsulated in a monarchist bubble, where every whim has been satisfied and as a person one is elevated to an exalted level by the courtiers and hangers on who think the Royals are somehow superior to other human beings.

The real problem is that Prince Charles has sought out and attached himself to a politicially motivated movement – which uses climate change as a rider to achieve political, economic and social aims that do nothing to tackle real environmental issues, such as pollution, deforestation and the recreational destruction of wildlife.

But maybe I am being unfair to Prince Charles by describing this as a form of madness.  Perhaps it is nothing more than plain old conceited arrogance and an inflated sense of self worth.

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