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The Queen: turn back her boat

The Queen went for a boat ride on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra today. People lined the foreshores to see her.

Schoolkids were drafted in to wave flags and some unlucky ones were chosen to greet her. Is this child abuse?

The rich bludger responded by waving and smiling that fake smile, one of barely concealed disdain for peasants like you and me. Her racist husband bumbled along.

The mainstream media was all atwitter with debates about royal protocol.

Enough. No one should bow and scrape to a symbol of the second most brutal and vicious Empire in teh world. No one should bow and scrape to anyone.

Gillard should have given the Queen the bird, not bowed to her. Or better still boycotted the vulture of Empire who has grown old feeding off the flesh of ‘her’ peoples.

It says much about the backwardness of Australian society that this feudal nonsense touches the heart of some people. Like religion, royalty worship is the ‘sigh of the oppressed, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions.’

The backwardness is a result of the failure of the Labor Party and the trade unions to actually fight for a better life for workers. Labor’s embrace of neoliberalism is matched by its retreat into the mysticism of royalty and the worship of the English deity Elizabeth.

This false idol is idle. She is paid hundreds of millions to be a symbol of national unity. It is the unity of opposites, cohered in a symbol of decadence and sloth.

Evidently the Queen has done ‘good works’. Oh yeah. Like what? Being part of the manufacture of consent for the continued rule of capitalism?

Elizabeth is here for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth.

This is where the developed Commonwealth countries remind the former subjugated colonies of their place. But even here there is a unity of opposites.

The corrupt elites who rule the former colonies have more in common with the ruling classes of the developed world than they do with their own people.

Protesters in Perth have been organising demonstrations against CHOGM and the one percent it stands for. Police arrested a number of them on trumped up charges to try and silence the protests. Funny, I haven’t heard Andrew Bolt or the other blaggards of bourgeois bullshit defending the protesters’ free speech.

The guillotine was the symbol of the victory of the French capitalist class over the remnants of French feudalism.

In Russia the gun destroyed the Czar and his family as enemy troops approached to liberate them from Bolshevik guards. It was a reminder of the fragility of the revolution during the Civil War and the need of the revolution to protect itself from the forces of reaction.

The do nothings in charge of Australia today have fawned before Elizabeth and Phillip. Here’s what left-wing MP ( I kid you not) and Labor Party Minister Anthony Albanese said:

‘I will be doing whatever the protocols instruct me to do, and that’s appropriate; we’re a modern society,” he said.

What sort of modern society prostates itself before a feudal monarch, a woman who owes her role in society to the fact she is someone else’s daughter? That is hardly an example of a modern society, except when it comes to inherited capitalist wealth. Murdoch, Rinehart, Packer spring to mind.

What sort of gutless Minister takes his orders from feudal reaction? He is elected; she is not.

The Occupy movement is challenging all the old ways of thinking. It may be the start of a turn to the left globally in which this nonsense of hereditary rules – symbolic or not – is swept into the dustbin of history.

Certainly waiting for the do-nothings of the bourgeois republican movement won’t achieve anything substantial. “I did but see her passing by, and I will love her till she dies.’  Some strategy!

Helping build the Occupy movement is the best way to fight for a republic.

Now that really rocks my socks and hopefully will the Queen’s boat.



Comment from Ross
Time October 21, 2011 at 12:31 am

After the Rothschilds ( No one richest) the Queen is estimated to be worth $250 trillion.Commonwealth land of 76.8 trillion acres.Under the city of London Partnership with the Rothschilds and their Central Bank ‘Corporate City of London’ = est $200 trillion.

Next comes the Vatican.est Wealth $100-$200 trillion.

Comment from John
Time October 21, 2011 at 5:22 am

$250 trillion. Rubbish. My previous article on the Queen has the real figures. Much less. Still mind boggling in terms of wealth and state supported and other income, but let’s not lose our grip on real facts.

Comment from John
Time October 21, 2011 at 5:31 am $500 million income and $10 billion in wealth.

Comment from John
Time October 21, 2011 at 5:53 am

A recent estimate is that 0.5% control 40% of the word’s worth of $231 trillion. Apparently Ross, on your figures, the Queen owns all the world’s wealth plus some.

Comment from John
Time October 21, 2011 at 5:53 am

The British Empire’s bloody past.

Comment from john mahon
Time October 21, 2011 at 7:56 am

Hear , hear ! It was nauseating to see Quentin Bryce and Julia Gillard abase themselves , and Australia , by curtesying to this foreign aristocrat . This is truly “un Australian “. Once more , Australian noses have been rubbed in “royal ” excrement and some silly people have loved it .

Comment from Ross
Time October 21, 2011 at 8:22 am

John in all truth no one really knows.They have tied up their wealth in such a complexity of corporate layers,no one really knows, and that’s they way they want it.

Just imagine you were to create from nothing ,all the money needed to equal increases in GDP + inflation from nothing and loan it back as debt to Govts, businesses,corporations and individuals.They’ve been doing this for 300 yrs. How wealthy would you be?

Alex Jones and others have est the Rothschilds at $250 trillion,some go as high as $500 trillion.

Comment from peter williams
Time October 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

Questions of the queen’s wealth apart, I really like the question and answer in this piece – viz; ‘The queen has done good works’ – ‘yeah, like what?’
Answers any of you royalists out there?

Comment from John
Time October 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

DallyM asked “Where do I start?” I accidentally spammed it instead of hitting approve. My apologies.

Comment from Dally M
Time October 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

That’s OK, I never got around to starting anyway. HRH can visit City Square now I see.

Comment from Brian Paterson
Time October 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I agree with the writer of this article, these so called Royals are no different to you and I, their ablutions are the same, perhaps a Royal fart is perfumed, I don’t think so.
I can never understand how some people seem to want to see Royalty, don’t they ever analize what they stand for, as far as the Governor General and Prime Minister bowing and scraping makes me feel quite ill, a handshake would be sufficient, or a great big pat on the bum, some of their immense wealth would be better off channeled into the poor of the world to make their lives much better, how so called Christian that would be instead of waiting on someone to open the car door for you. The sooner we have a Republic the better for all, and lets hope we do not have to have a Royal in residence at Yarralumla in the near future, daresay it is all being tidied up for Kate and Will to gain so called experience or learning how to do nothing for the rest of their lives.

Comment from dl
Time October 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Julia Gillard definitely took the right tack in not giving Elizabeth the 2 the kowtow. Andrew bolt uncharacteristically supported her in this. I read his compendium of articles, Still Not Sorry, a few years back. His stance then seemed to be one of indifference toward the whole topic, though he typically noted the class divide in regards to support for Republicanism (ie That the support base is predominantly inner city progressive types and the likes of Malcolm Turnbull.)

IMO we should certainly take steps towards becoming a republic, if only because of symbolic value. I can imagine that this idea would have lots of implicit value to many people of Aboriginal descent & to the Anglo-aboriginal reconciliation process in general. This being said, it should be treated as a fairly low priority objective, as much more important issues, take the debt contagion in Europe or the Occupy protests for example, to focus on right now.

Anyways, the British royal family are completely useless, and I can only sympathize with the British of yesteryear who have had to suffer the indignity of living under the rule of such a family of bunglers. Its probably one of the main reasons my Anglo-Celtic ancestors decided to cut ship from the Mother Country years ago.

Slightly OT, but this article is interesting (and relates to Intergenerational income Mobility in England,) and especially when one considers that William the Conquer won the Battle of Hastings 955 FREAKING YEARS AGO!

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