Oh, how the British like a bit of a do. But does hanging around for a baby to come constitute a do, I’ m not sure. But if my colleagues in the media had their way we’d all be popping champagne now.
Whilst many found the last few days source of joy, I found the whole circus depressing. It’s depressing to see normally intelligent professional skeptics suspend their judgment and become sycophants.
If the Welsh Assembly decreed to suspend the process of holding elections and the sons and daughters of the existing lot would serve for the next century, the population would rightly resist or at least one would hope so.
Yet, having the head of state chosen on the same principle for the next 100 years is a source of joyous celebration and anyone disagreeing is seen at best as eccentric and at worse as some dangerous radical.
Now if, god forbid, I had to undertake surgery in the Welsh health service and the surgeon’s only qualification was that the parents were surgeon’s I would have some concerns. That’s an understatement I’d be kicking and screaming to get away from his or her knife. Is it so different when it comes to the merits of who is head of state?
But clearly it is. The carpet unquestioning coverage of the birth of the heir to the throne thrice removed, would not be out of place in an authoritarian country. Where was the dissent in the so called pluralistic media. Ok, you wouldn’t expect better from our tabloid press, but were was the “other” view expressed on TV or radio. What ever happened to balance?
There is another point of view that should have an airing in the media in a “democratic” country. Should the inhabitants of Wales be ‘subjects’ or ‘citizens.’? If there is to be a Prince of Wales, should it be birth that decides it? Can the UK be regarded as a democracy if the head of state is the latest in a line that started with robber barons? Should the laws of the land be decided in part by an unelected second chamber?
All questions that legitimately could have filled the airwaves instead of the boring, endless drivel that’s been spoken these last few days and on the other countless royal events that the nation’s ‘subjects’ are far to often spoon fed.
There is something fundamentally sick about a society that entrenches the hereditary privilege at the centre of its existence as a state. But if this week is anything to go by, that ain’t going to be changing anytime soon.