Friday, November 03, 2006
THE QUEEN'S VISIT TO CRAWLEY - FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3 2006
But, I do not love my country's State Government (represented by Blair's 'LabourCon' Party), or my county's State Local Government (represented by West Sussex County Council and its Lord Lieutenant's Office); so I will not be waving my flag to them.
I am patriotic, but not nationalistic. There is a chasm of difference.
I love Sussex. I do not love "West Sussex", which is simply an administrative boundary created by bureaucrats, separating it from "East Sussex".
I was born and raised in Sussex (Worthing), and live in Sussex (Ifield/Crawley).
Long may this be so - and as the olde Sussex saying goes : "We will not be druv".
In the case of Britain a Monarch of German origin, in Spain a Monarch of French origin. I don't know why these people can be symbols of a country.
The more so when they do not pay taxes to be such symbols.
Definitely I am not a monarchist. Leaders - as democracy commands - should in all instances be elected.
In all cases, I don't mind if they are called Presidents, Kings/Queens or whatever, but, in all cases, elected.
As used to be so many years ago by the power of the sword; today it should be by the power of honesty and wisdom.
But she should be just a "symbol" - with no power vested in her - perhaps like the Belgian monarch.
It's the 'system of power' she props up which I detest - and, as you say, predominantly unelected (and unaccountable) Establishment power.
This includes 'Royal Prerogatives' which allows, for example, prime ministers to take us to war - without a democratic mandate.
The 'system of power' is so organised that it prevents any real change 'of, by and for the people'.
The Queen doesn't bother me, but the 'hangers-on' do.
Here in Spain I am worried, because the Royal family just cares about the size of the family's album of photos.