Saturday, 29 March 2014

Queen and country

I've often wondered what the Queen thinks of the EU. After all, she has been the reigning monarch while successive governments handed her country to a bunch of unelected EU bureaucrats and assorted political scrotes. No only that, but she did it without so much as a publicly raised eyebrow. Total silence.

I don't really enjoy criticising the old dear though. I'm no monarchist, but I've no faith whatever in presidents and anyway it isn't easy to be too hard on her in the face of such dedication to the job - which must be an appalling grind at times. Here I sit in comfortable retirement and she's still at it.

What with the prospect of bequeathing Charles the Loon to us as our next king, the whole Diana business, and a bunch of grisly Prime Ministers to put up with - well in all fairness one can't say too much.

Maybe the Queen sees Europeans as cousins and can't see the harm in snuggling up to them politically, even if it does mean chucking away centuries of comparative independence.

Or maybe she thinks that as we voted for a bunch of lying, sneaking, lickspittle europhile bastards over many decades we have no cause for complaint.

If so she has a point.


Sackerson said...

Weathering the storm, perhaps. QEI saved the country by what her ministers at the time thought was maddening indecisiveness - they were urging an alliance with France, or Spain, and she prevaricated until we could resist both.

A K Haart said...

Sackers - yes, her viewpoint is unique and not easily guessed at. She may also have access to some keen-eyed scholarly advice untainted by political myopia.

Or not - hard to tell.

Demetrius said...

QE1 did have a taste for Shakespeare, then there were the Throckmorton's. Her Maj' has always done her duty. Since the death of King Edward VII though any real power has slipped away from the Crown leaving them only with duty and formalities.

A K Haart said...

Demetrius - she has certainly done what she sees as her duty. Whether it was as much as she could or should have done seems like an open question to me.

Scrobs... said...

I really think I'm passing the age when I bother, which actually bothers me.

I'd love to get up on my hind legs now, but they ache more than somewhat, so, such be life...

Not a good response I fear!

A K Haart said...

Scrobs - I know what you mean, the fire burns less brightly than it did.