God save the Queen!

This piece was written 4-6-12.

I switched on the radio yesterday afternoon, to hear a DJ in his best BBC tones inform us that “the nation is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond jubilee this weekend”. Really? Which nation might that be then? Certainly not my nation. Save for one Union Jack, there’s no bunting or banners, and not a whiff of a street party in these parts. Well to be fair it looked like Monsoon weather out there, lashing rain and hurricane force wind, perfect English bank holiday weather really. Today has been mostly dry, even the sun has been spotted, but still no jubilation in the streets.
Could this national celebration be media hype? Or are the celebrations only for the very rich, who can afford it, a bit like tickets for the Olympics, which at over £60 for a day pass(if you can get one!), will surely keep us riff raff at bay?

Sadly, should the truth be known, few people on my estate give a fuck about the Queen. They’re too busy worrying about how they’ll pay the bills or whether they’ll have a job next week.
What has she done for us lately? “She’s so hard working”, the media cry, what, she has a job on a building site now, laying concrete or hod carrying? Don’t think so……
So what does all this hard work entail ay? Flying to exotic climes in total luxury(oh how awful, poor woman!), guzzling Champagne with some unknown despot(the indignity of it!)and eating a 93 course banquet, consisting of Panda steaks, grilled quills and stuffed Ladybird eyelids. What an appalling way to treat a Queen. How dreadful. Really!

In this day and age, of double dip recession, mass unemployment, government cut backs and the like, where is all the money coming from to fund the various shenanigans in London this weekend? Is Her Maj footing the bill? I think not, but if she had have done, and had the media spun it nicely, people like me would be thinking “great, she wanted to celebrate, and she’s paid for it out of the Royal purse, good for her!” But of course just because she’s one of the richest people on the planet, doesn’t mean to say she’s got to pay for her own party, heaven forbid, it would be a disgrace. Just because the NHS is on the verge of collapse, just because care for the elderly in this country is deemed the worst in Europe, just because our welfare system is failing to support our most vulnerable, well it just wouldn’t be right would it, the Queen paying for her own bash.

Jed told me a great tale about dignitaries from our bygone past. Apparently in their horse drawn coaches for heating there’d be a small coal burner, a brazier, on top of which a big iron pan was sometimes placed. Said VIP’S would put coins in the pan, get them nice and hot, then throw them out to the people lining the streets. And as the poor ran to collect the coins they’d burn their hands, much to the amusement of the important persons.

I don’t think my nation is in the mood to celebrate. With the likes of Thatcher dismantling industry in this country in the 1980’s, and Blair finishing the job and neutering the Unions in the late 1990’s, there’s only one group of people thriving in this country, and that’s Camoron’s mates, the very rich 10%, who posess 90% of the wealth. And they have become super rich via the financial market, which doesn’t benefit the economy as a whole, just the players involved in it. In 2009 the chairman of the Financial services authority Adair Turner asserted that the 2008 crisis had shown that the financial sector in the UK had grown “beyond a socially reasonable size”. Two years later he suggested innovation in the financial sector had added little to the UK’s economic growth. Yup, you heard it right, straight from the horse’s mouth. And what’s Camoron’s answer to our financial problems? Lower taxes for his rich buddies, higher taxes for the poor, cuts in benefits and reductions in all the services that help the common man. Right on David, fantastic. How about us poor folk all hold our breath for say half an hour, would that make you happier?

I have absolutely nothing against the Queen. She’s like Gay sex, you either love her or hate her depending on your bent. I wish her, as I wish all my fellow men and women(tho’ grudgingly towards the government)much peace and love. I can’t blame her for being the Queen, it’s not her fault, it was some German chap apparently. But for Christ’s sake, when we hear daily about some old person being abused in a care home, or a baby dies in a hospital because it’s being treated in the corridors instead of a ward, or of our homelessness problem, or lack of care for our war veterans, or more and more cut backs, you’ve got to ask, as my Pa used to say to me, “are we getting our financial priorities right?” Cos from where I’m standing whilst the privileged few in London are enjoying the spectacle, the rest of us are paying a very high price indeed. Some of us with our lives……

I sent a draft of GSTQ to Sir Malcolm Barnes, a dear friend of mine. He responded with this quote:

“Was the earth made to preserve a few covetous, proud men to live at ease, and for

them to bag and barn up the treasures of the Earth from others, that these may beg

or starve in a fruitful land; or was it made to preserve all her children?”

(Gerrard Winstanley The New Law of Righteousness, 1649)

Love & Peace,
Barn

7-6-12
And crikey, a few days late(pretty vacant)I listen to the Pistols doing “God save the Queen”. The Punk anthem from 1977, I recall Will and I getting slaughtered at the Carpenter’s arms in Gate street in Maldon on the Silver jubilee. He more so than I.
And these wonderful words by the man who should surely have been poet laureate Sir Johnny Rotten(what you mean, he’s not a Sir? Bollocks!)are for me scarifyingly prophetic. I guess some things never change……

Sex Pistols “God Save The Queen”

God save the queen
The fascist regime
They made you a moron
Potential H-bomb

God save the queen
She ain’t no human being
There is no future
In England’s dreaming

Don’t be told what you want
Don’t be told what you need
There’s no future, no future,
No future for you

God save the queen
We mean it man
We love our queen
God saves

God save the queen
‘Cause tourists are money
And our figurehead
Is not what she seems

Oh God save history
God save your mad parade
Oh Lord God have mercy
All crimes are paid

When there’s no future
How can there be sin
We’re the flowers in the dustbin
We’re the poison in your human machine
We’re the future, your future

God save the queen
We mean it man
We love our queen
God saves

God save the queen
We mean it man
And there is no future
In England’s dreaming

No future, no future,
No future for you
No future, no future,
No future for me

No future, no future,
No future for you
No future, no future
For you

“Orright Tel?”

6 Responses to “God save the Queen!”

  1. I think Rotten would be proud of you! You’ve spoken here for millions, I’m sure. Brilliant pics.

  2. What a fantastic piece Tev! My sentiments exactly.

  3. First time ever Tev I disagree .PLU

  4. Hey Tev,
    Great piece as usual but I don’t agree with all of it.
    A couple of points: The Monarchy actually delivar over 200 million in profit to the UK economy from Crown land without the additional income from tourism. The cost the commonwealth 40 million a year and therefore 160mil into the coffers is not a bad mark up!
    The average cost to the UK tax payer is 66p each so all in all its not a bad investment for the UK.
    It’s not the constitutional monarchy that is to blame but successive poor governments. I don’t live in England any more as you know and have been lucky enough to find a great life in Australia. I travel twice a year when I can back to England to see my parents and always spend a bit of time in London revisiting the country’s great history. The queue of people at the Tower and Buck house tell me the appeal of the Queen etc is still strong. I don’t mind the royal family; they are no better than anyone else and have been born into what they are. I think that we are far freer than they are as we can make life what we want. One huge difference I notice about England and Australia is that the Aussies are always very supportive and mostly upbeat about life. Don’t get me wrong, we have our problems, but when I come back to England all I hear is doom and gloom! I lived there for 38 years and its still a great country. The British people should be proud of the country and the monarch. The Jubilee must have cost a fair quid, but I’ll lay you 10/1 it made the country money. The Olympics are nearly with you and it will be a great occasion for the Country – I was over in April and I noticed more flags around which are great. We have to stop bagging the country and stop and think why its in the supposed state it is. Easy – bad governance. What we do about that is beyond me but things will have to improve. I respect the view that you have and also every one else’s view – its what makes a democracy work. Listening and respecting.
    In 1976/7 things were very different and at that time maybe constitutional change was warranted, but I think now its a bit different.
    Looking forward to catching up with you and Mark I hope when I’m over for a week in December. Keep the articles a coming – they’re great!
    PLU
    Kev

  5. Hello Terence,

    Personally I loved the jubilee!

    As John Lydon has said on many occasions GSTQ is a song of question and not a vicious assault on ANY human being and he has no resentment at all against the Royal Family. He never wanted the song to be used in a nasty/derogratory way. He was quoted recently as saying that ‘he loved The Queen to death for standing up on that boat during that dreary weather, and I do love pageantry’.

    The crown estate pays millions in tax on it’s billons of annual earnings so it hasn’t cost us taxpayers a penny.

    PLU

    Alan

  6. God save your mad parade……

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