The arrival of the new Royal baby — now named George Alexander Louis — has been the subject of a worldwide media frenzy, but of genuine interest from ordinary people. The headline in Socialist Worker
did not share this sense of elation at all, rather it read: A royal parasite is born into luxury and class rule
. What sort of people brand a newborn baby a parasite?
This is in line with the usual banter about all the Royals being parasites, but what is never mentioned is the fact that the woman at the top of that tree, HM Queen Elizabeth II, is now 85 years old, an age when most women have long retired, and this is what she does
every single day of her life, and has done for the past 60 years.
Something entirely different is doing the rounds in cyberspace. Credited to Jasmine Kwe Kwe Akimbo of Lewisham Poetry Collective, this piece of doggerel runs:
"Praise be to Balding Billy,
Whose heir will have a willy,
Which, thank God, will surely mean
Not another bloody Queen."
With a name like Akimbo and the obvious rhyme "bimbo" there is clearly a limerick here, but it remains to be seen if this is a genuine ode, even with the curious insinuation of homophobia
— so typically and admirably African — because it appears that neither Miss Akimbo nor her august organisation appear to exist. However, Lewisham poets do; here is one of them
Unlike Socialist Worker
, the Morning Star
appears to be boycotting all mention of the Royal birth, but closer to home another left wing commentator who shall remain nameless opined that: "Today, around 370,000 babies will be born on planet earth. One of them will grow up to be a king or a queen, if all goes according to plan.
Today, around 10,800 of those babies will die before reaching the age of one month, mostly from preventable, poverty-related causes. Fully 99 percent of those deaths will occur in poor countries. Two-thirds of those poor country deaths will occur in 10 nations. Six of those 10 nations were colonized, plundered and left in abject poverty by the British, whose monarchs grew stupendously wealthy from this exploitation."
You can almost hear the violins playing in the background, but as anyone who knows anything about history will confirm, this image of British "Imperialism" is a total fantasy. As the barrister Harry Potter pointed out
last year, Britain and especially England gave the world the rule of law.
As Professor Quigley points out
in his much quoted Tragedy & Hope
“British rule in the period 1858-1947 tied India together by railroads, roads, and telegraph lines. It brought the country into contact with the Western world, and especially with world markets, by establishing a uniform system of money, steamboat connections with Europe by the Suez Canal, cable connections throughout the world, and the use of English as the language of government and administration." And - as echoed by Harry Potter: "Best of all, Britain established the rule of law, equality before the law, and a tradition of judicial fairness to replace the older practice of inequality and arbitrary violence.”
And the proof of the pudding is in the eating, under British "Imperialism" African nations were stable, had high standards of living, and were reasonably safe. Now war, famine and drought haunt the Continent, none more so in the land ruled by the despot Robert Mugabe
; as a cynic once pointed out: You used to go to Rhodesia to see the ruins of Zimbabwe; now you go to Zimbabwe to see the ruins of Rhodesia.
In spite of this polemical nonsense, the vast majority of the Queen's subjects throughout Britain and the Commonwealth - take a more positive view. Even in South Africa
, the Royal birth was greeted with enthusiasm. If nothing else this shows that the so-called radicals and champions of the working class speak only for themselves.