Britain’s republican movement (by that I mean those who call for the end of the Monarchy and the establishment of a national republic for the United Kingdom) is overwhelmingly a preserve of the Left. Criticism, terse or sarcastic, usually comes from those middle-class champagne socialist observers of the Islingtonian swinging social scene. The Left even find it amusing to ridicule the Queen and wider Royal Family in order to get a few cheap laughs – secure in the knowledge that the royals are too prim and proper to be trifled by such bombastic invective.
Underneath the sustained lampooning of the Queen and the general dislike for her role and status lies a fundamental principle of contempt, nay hatred, of empowerment by genetic lineage the Left almost monopolise. We’ve all heard it often enough before: ‘The Queen is not elected by the people. We should have a president who can be voted into office….’ and similar rhetoric. Now let’s pause and look back at the day’s events as portrayed by the MSM and certain Left-wing publications and news channels in particular (yes, I’m talking about the BBC). Auntie has been colonically irrigating Brown’s posterior all day with coverage of his character dripping with obsequiousness. We’ve also got several news articles in The Guardian – the paper which several years ago declared itself in favour of Britain becoming a republic.
Click on the link and you’ll see several pieces dealing with today’s ‘momentous’ events. As far as I can see not one of them mentions the inescapable fact that Gordon Brown, like the Queen, was not elected by a single member of the British public to his eminent position in governance. Why the omission? Is it perfectly acceptable to have an unelected person in power as long as he or she comes from the Left of the political spectrum? Although the point is somewhat negated by the argument that one can finally remove Brown from power, it is equally important to state that the Queen does not follow a partisan political agenda – she is above such things. Thus, as far as I can see, one cancels out the other.
Gordon Brown was not elected Prime Minister by the British people. Unlike previous examples such as John Major, he wasn’t even elected by his own party. He comes to power on the back of a protracted period of manoeuvring between himself and Tony Blair. Being unelected he is, by virtue of his position, something akin to a monarchic figure. That said, I can’t see many on the Left having the consistency to apply the same arguments to their Gord as they do when calling Her Majesty the Queen from the rooftops!