At street parties across the country this weekend, conservatives will become drunk from the sickening mix of unearned deferrence, imperial nostalgia, and institutionalized inequality that are wrapped up in the monarchy.
My own feelings towards the Jubilee are very similar to those expressed in a piece that was published in the Independent earlier this week. As I have posted in the past, the principle of heredity privilege is odious, socially corrosive, and anachronistic. But beyond the principle, can anyone provide a tangible example of something that the Queen has done directly to make the Commonwealth a better place for ordinary people? A pivotal--or even semi-memorable--speech? A concerted campaign to address a social injustice of some kind? Anything?
So, in the end, what we have is the celebration of a head of state who is extraodinary in so far as her performance has been so ordinary, despite being born with every advantage possible. The Jubilee, the imposed public veneration of the Queen's mediocrity, is therefore symbolic of the egregiousness of the UK class system and the surreptitous ways that this system is normalized.