Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Keir Hardie on the Royal Heir

 As I'm sure you're all aware to people with access to the best medical have succeeded in having a baby boy. Apparently this is considered not only national headline news but also a global story of importance too. This surprised me since evening in the third world childbirth while still dangerous no longer has so high a fatality rate and despite the ongoing scandals regarding NHS Trusts (A Trust being an NHS hospital that merged with a private company and gave up most of its administrative power)I just don't see what's so special about "Will and Kate's" successful procreation.

Ah put then I'm just a common Fenian son of immigrants from a country with the word "Republic" in it, so no wonder I feel no love for the institution of the Monarchy. But I don't really see why anyone would care, its a baby nothing more nothing less. It will grow up like the rest of us and become an adult, unless I missed the part where the reveal this boys a mutant superhero or part of an ancient prophesy who will bring balance to the force or something I don't see the big deal.

Fortunately for me there's a man out their who agrees with me, unfortunately he's been dead for a long while, Keir Hardie founder of the Independent Labour Party and a founder of the Labour Party when a number of Socialist organisations merged into it in 1900. Here's what he had to say about this nonsense regarding royal heirs.

“From his childhood onwards this boy will be surrounded by sycophants and flatterers by the score – [cries of “Oh!,oh!] – and will be taught to believe himself as of a superior creation [cries of “Oh,oh!]. A line will be drawn between him and the people whom he is to be called upon some day to reign over. …and the end of it all will be that the country will be called upon to pay the bill. [Cries of Divide!]”

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