Tuesday, November 16, 2010

An average couple announce engagement

and the British media become airheads.

The tabloids I can expect, but the Daily Telegraph, Times, the Independent, the Guardian, the BBC, all fawning over what is, at best, a state funded celebrity event.

The Guardian isn't allowing comments on its website, and my comment on the Daily Telegraph was heavily edited even though all I was saying was that it is empty headed banal celebrity worshipping of people who have done nothing remarkable in their lives.

Even the brainless fawning of celebrity culture is at least usually about people with some talent in music, sport, thespianism or the like.  This is nothing but the glorification of people because of who their parents are.

Now let's be clear, William and Kate are at worst benign suckers on the state tit, although he does have a real job for now.   However, it would be a tremendous step forward if they simply said "we are getting married in a small private ceremony with our families", and got on with their otherwise dull lives.

William is likely, one day, to have the dreary constitutional function ably performed by his grandmother, of signing off on legislation passed by Parliament, regardless of what it does to the rights of British citizens. 

Given the reaction of the proletariat and the media (a story that writes itself and allows otherwise intelligent adults to get fascinated about minutiae), I doubt Britain will mature enough to move on and demand a constitution that preserves its freedoms, rather than reinforces prejudices that what matters the most is who your family is, not what you do.

3 comments:

Jeremy Harris said...

NZers approval for these giant wastes of money is astounding to me...

I'm a 6th generation NZer whose ancestors chose to leave a life almost directly under Victoria's rule...

The continued opposition to an NZ Republic is confusing to me at best...

Canterbury Atheists said...

She is quite “tasty” though. Any nudies of her on the internet? Links wanted.

Richard McGrath said...

Well put, Scott. You comment in the Telegraph about a low-key low-cost wedding befitting a time of austerity was spot on.