In a daze over knights
There was cheering in the pubs and clubs of Western Sydney. ‘Tony’s nailed it’ was one very common comment. ‘He’ll stop the boats with this,’ was another.
Re-instating the honours system for ‘pre-eminent’ Australians (aka suckholes for capital) – up to 4 Knights and Dames a year – is an Abbott masterstroke. Bigotry? Refugees? Sinodinos before ICAC? All disappearing before our very eyes as the sun rises on the outpost of Empire, Australia.
Yes, having Dame Quentin until tomorrow and then Sir Peter ensconced in Government House will make us all feel safer. And my god how the jobs will flow. Australia will be a cornucopia for all.
Surely that is what this is about – super egalitarianism, recognising those who are just a little more equal than the rest of us?
The possibilities are endless for Australian sycophants of capital. Dame Bronny, Sir Arthur of the Waters, Dame Edna, Sir Les. And of course the mining magnates deserve a special mention. Dame Gina, Sir Clive and Lord Twiggy of the Forrest. It is all enough to warm the cockles of any monarchist’s heart (if they have hearts.)
And who knows, in the not too distant future might we not have Tony Abbott, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports? He’s sinking us so what finer tribute could there be?
My hot tip is Sir Paul out of the Howes, for his sterling services to capital.
The nightmare that comes true? Sir John Howard.
WTF is going on? Is it 1660 all over again? Sort of. Abbott represents that small wing of Australian capital stuck in the imperial past.
The more modern faction of capital favour a republic because then they can can have their own symbols (an unelected President instead of someone associated with another country).
In that sense the push for a republic represents the maturity of the Australian ruling class and its independence from Britain. The left liberals who supported them are their unthinking collaborators.
Not that a republic makes any difference really to the daily exploitation of workers either materially or even ideologically. Maybe, just maybe, an Australian republic might have been one further tie for the Australian working class to Australian capital.
Hawke abolished this honours nonsense in 1986 as a symbolic gesture and as part of the neoliberal modernisation of Australian capitalism.
Abbott has restored it for four outstanding Australians a year, including whoever is appointed governor-general that year. Excuse me but what have these supernumeraries of capital done as G-G to deserve Abbott’s accolades? Nothing, other than serve their class.
This is a government of capitalist reaction. It is also a government of symbolism, and what better way to show both than by marching into the past with the reinstitution of the honours system?
The Normans – yes 1066 and all that – introduced knighthoods into England.
So Tony Abbott has re-introduced a hangover from feudal times, one almost a thousand years old.
How much more backwards can we go?
Only Monty Python can answer that.