Anti-monarchy

The great royal con trick

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When millions of people are rejecting austerity and support the idea of taxing the rich, how does the monarchy manage to maintain a level of popularity that defies its privileged position? And why is the bigoted Prince Philip treated as a national treasure? John Newsinger investigates.

The “retirement” of Philip Mountbatten from his “public duties” led to a great outpouring of carefully orchestrated royalist propaganda right across the British media. The press carried page after page of lightweight pap covering the life of this royal nonentity. Even the Daily Mirror gave the royal parasite four pages.

Aristocrap: the royal wedding

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With the impending wedding of well-known aristocrats William Windsor and Catherine Middleton, it's a shame that other events took priority in this month's Socialist Review.

Thankfully, the more patriotic end of the media spectrum is keeping the nation informed with all the important developments - such as the Daily Telegraph headline last month: "Kate Middleton tosses pancake in Northern Ireland".

Weddings are expensive, so some people are tempted to cash in on the big day - people like Middleton's family.

A Right Royal Con Trick

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Whether it's the monarchy or the new celebrity aristocrats, we should sharpen our guillotines.

The queen's latest state visit was to Legoland. Meanwhile the other princelets visited sites of national significance. William attended the Toytown annual parade, Edward visited the Bassett's liquorice allsorts museum annual open day and Anne opened the International Velvet pony retirement home.

The Jubilee: The House of Horrors

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Ian Birchall explains why he is not impressed by recent attempts to rehabilitate the monarchy.

Just after the queen mother's funeral Jonathan Freedland of the 'Guardian' apologised for misjudging 'the public mood' and wrote that 'these are days for republicans to walk humbly'. Freedland likes swimming with the stream, and had picked up on a certain swing back to popularity for the monarchy.

Speaking Ill of the Dead

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The general public was seriously underwhelmed by the death of Princess Margaret.

It was a striking symbol of the decline in popularity of the royal family. The crash barriers had been erected to hold back the crowds who would turn up to sign a condolence book for Princess Margaret, yet there were no crowds. The crash barriers were as surplus to requirements as Jo Moore at the Ministry of Transport. If you add to this indifference the apparent panic about the lack of interest in the queen's Golden Jubilee, you can see how far things have travelled in the last 25 years.

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