Archive for May 12th, 2011

Honi Soit

Another word on the upcoming visit of the head of state of the United Kingdom to the territory of the Republic of Ireland, the habits and practices of certain people, the supposed historical significance of this visit, and other related matters.

Accustomed as I am to news of assorted royals, including the queen herself, visiting the North of Ireland on numerous occasions down the years, the mere fact of the queen’s presence in the territory of this state does not bother me a great deal. Whilst I cannot recall a time when I did not find the idea of the British monarchy abhorrent, and have always been simultaneously appalled and perplexed by the cringing and snivelling of monarchists -British or Irish- at the mere idea of “her majesty”, I do not think there is much to be said for the idea that her presence in Dublin or in Cork -as opposed to in Belfast or Derry or Armagh- is especially abhorrent.

With that said, I do not think her presence in any of these places can be justified on account of the fact that she is the, or a, head of state. No – like anyone else, she should be able to scuttle around as she pleases. The fact that there are a large number of people who acquiesce in the idea that she is who she is on account of some divine command is neither here nor there. I happen to think that these people are morons who deserve no respect. But this does not matter.

On the other hand, I do not find it at all convincing when I hear people in this part of the world, that is, the world south of the imaginary boundary between Louth and Armagh, claim that there should be no protests against the queen’s visit because it might upset monarchists and unionists north of that imaginary boundary. I salute their desire for everyone to rub along just fine, but they need to ask themselves this: if they lived north of that boundary, would they object to the fact of monarchical rule or not? If they did, then it might be their political obligation to upset such people.

Not necessarily by burning effigies of the queen on the front lawn of monarchist residences, mind you, but, at the very least, by public advocacy of good sense. Therefore letting this person wander the streets of the land in her capacity as servitor supreme of the Beast and Whore because you do not wish to empurple a few monarchists is more than a little bit craven.Is there no way that such people could articulate a political arrangement whereby monarchists could get on with the stuff they like doing -collecting coronation mugs, dabbing their eyes at the thought of the queen’s mother’s racing victories- without actually upholding a system of rule based on the idea of a master race of fantastically rich humans who shall protect the rest of us from slavery?

I understand the queen is due to visit a couple of historically contentious sites, taking in the sights of Croke Park and the Garden of Remembrance. Once again, she can get carted around wherever she likes. But it is worth pondering precisely why she might be doing so, particularly in her capacity as supreme servitor of the Beast and the Whore.

As I was saying in a previous post, by appearing at these sites, she is telling the Irish public just how magnanimous and forgiving the British monarchy really is. She is saying, yes, we know you have been very naughty, and we might even go as far as to say that some of this may have been a teensy bit our fault, but that’s no reason why we can’t all get along, now that history is, if not at an end, at the very least at a restful lay-by. Maybe you might even like to join my William in bombing Afghans.

Well, just as the queen can get carted around wherever she likes, there is no reason why she should be prevented from codding herself. But what is important here is not some deep longing on the part of the British establishment to clasp Ireland and its sumptuous beef and dairy products to its bosom once again, but the fact that the Irish establishment is acting as its willing facilitator.

Now, there are some very good reasons for the Irish establishment to have its tongue up the rear end of the British monarch, figuratively speaking. Let me give a few:

  1. The queen’s visit is a means of drawing a line under Ireland’s revolutionary history. We have all moved on from those torrid times when radical ideas about freedom and equality emanating from France infected young ladies and gentlemen and threatened to upset the apple tart and turn the world upside down. Now that the queen is kicking points at Croke Park, there is no need for anyone to go looking under the bonnet of history. It is a matter of driving the gilded stagecoach of history forward, onto better days, which will involve crippling austerity, further privatisation of the commons, and indentured servitude, so let’s not dwell on the past.
  2. The queen’s visit is an ideal opportunity to pour scorn on the scum who would drag us back into the worst days of the past, when there were bombs going off in Ireland all the time. We do not need to go back, for instance, to the bad old days of early 2011, when the Irish Defence Forces defused 17 IEDs not out (check out the pic on the Twitter page BTW) and strangely enough no-one seemed too worried about it.
  3. The queen’s visit is a way of elevating the Irish elite to the status of monarchs for a few days. The Irish State loves a parade, too. Those roadblocks, sealed manholes, stop and search routines and so on are for Irish people playing at dignitaries as much as they are for the visiting Greeks and Germans.
  4. The queen is loaded. Loaded people get loads of attention from the Irish media, which is mostly owned by other people who are loaded. It is therefore an ideal opportunity to educate the population, once again, about the importance of paying irrational homage to rich people. With the exception of RTE, which is showing exemplary republican disdain for the queen’s visit by devoting four days to covering her visit. Also, the Garda Síochána is going to need the practice protecting the person and projects of very wealthy people.

There is more, I am sure, and it will flow when I find my plans impeded by the arrival of this monumental parasite.

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